Over in this thread, Siam Sam makes what is, in my opinion, a blatantly obvious joke about how sure he is of his voting convictions that he will only “consider” changing his vote if someone gives him $1 million. The first response is from someone pointing out that it’s illegal to sell your vote, and he’s quick to clarify that he’s not offering to vote a certain way, just offering to reconsider his position.
Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that Sam really did jokingly offer to sell his vote for $1million. Does such a clearly exaggerated offer even constitute a valid attempt to sell one’s vote? It is obvious to anyone who thinks for a moment that $1 million is far too much to pay for a single vote, so it must be a joke. Would it still be illegal?
I have picked up the basics of contract law from reading on this boards, that a contract must involve an offer, consideration, and acceptance. If someone were to pony up the $1 mil, then it sounds like all three conditions would be met. However, I’m wondering if the very fact that Sam could reasonably assume that no one would ever accept his offer would make the contract invalid.
This is a pure hypothetical, so I don’t really care which set of laws are involved. I’m not planning to make any absurd offers to commit illegal actions.