Federal Law against selling votes:
18 USC § 597 - Expenditures to influence voting
Current through Pub. L. 112-123. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and
Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Most (All?) states also have laws banning vote selling.
Given that corporations can spend unlimited money to influence elections, why can’t I sell the proxy for my vote to the highest bidder?
This is not a SHOULD you vote question.
This is a question about why are state and local regulations interfering with what could be a more efficient and direct free market instead of all these advertisements, push poll calls, etc. If Walmart gave you 25% off everything you buy between now and Nov, would you assign them as your proxy to vote in Nov?