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Should people in the US pass a political knowledge test before voting?

Asked by: Gaben11
  • It's a great idea

    Misinformation hurts everyone in the long run, and this would stop a lot of misinformation. Not by eliminating less educated people, but by educating them.

    This isn't aimed to keep the vote in the upper classes, it's to make sure we all have the same, correct, information so we can make a well-informed decision on the future of the country.

    I see no downsides apart from logistics.

  • People should take the test

    There will be a more informed and select group of people voting, who will be more likely to make a well judged decision which will overall be better for the country as a whole, rather than letting whoever is old enough to vote about something that will affect everyone in the country or the world.

  • Why are ignorant people voting?

    Yes, each person should have the right to vote, but why let people vote when they have no idea what it can lead to while voting for a candidate? If they really want to vote, they'll do their best to pass a basic knowledge test. We cannot let ignorance take place when people only tend to vote because it's a routine but opinions only matter when they're country isn't getting any better .

  • Way to many are voting without any knowledge at all

    It's crazy that we let the most important person in the whole world to get his position from an "open" election with, probably a majority, not really knowing what or who they're voting for. Studies have shown that many don't even know how the goverment works in the most basic ways!

  • Notice the difference....

    First, notice the profound difference in the supporting arguments for each side of this question. The arguments on the side in favor of the tests are invariably articulate, intellectual, and rife with specific ideas with philosophical backing. The arguments (and I use the term loosely) on side opposed to the tests are invariably emotional, nothing more than vague platitudes of extremely dubious merit and accuracy. They reek of being written by people easily offended and likely aware of their own mental shortcomings. For example, I believe the first one makes a claim that the majority of voters are intelligent and well versed and their votes will outweigh the votes of the dull-witted. The assumption that the majority of voters are intelligent and knowledgeable is utterly ridiculous and laughable, as precious few people possessing either of those qualities would have ever voted for any major party candidate in recent memory.
    The merit and benefits of requiring a literacy/competency test to vote is obvious, although in practice the government could just make the questions pertain to shallow and ridiculous matters, exactly the same way the media turns "politics" into an embarrassing, intellectually barren display of kindergarten screaming about absolutely ridiculous topics and tactfully ignores anything of actual importance (military spending, large banks preying on a gullible population, dishonest propaganda disguised as financial advice, etc). BUT it is a great idea still and as long as the test directly corresponds to matters which are actually related to what the government spends money on, as opposed to pathetic and intentionally distracting "social" issues, it would work beautifully.

  • Why Isn't This Being Done Already?

    The country needs an educated and well-informed population to make decisions that affect the hundreds of millions of people throughout the country, and the BILLIONS of people around the world. Right now, everybody is so politically apathetic that, for them, they couldn't care less whom they voted for; going to the polls is largely routine, only something they feel they HAVE to do because if they don't vote, they feel they'll be blamed if an unpopular politician they didn't vote for gets elected (i.E. Trump), when they "could have done something about it" by going to the polls. That's not how the system of electing your political leader should be: "just because"...

    If people are going to the polls to vote for Politician A, it should be because they know Politician A's political views, and believe that politician to be best for the job at hand, NOT because they really, really hate Politician B, and was willing to vote for ANYBODY else BUT them, or voting for a politician based ONLY on their gender or race, REGARDLESS of their political views. Allowing people this simple-minded to determine the future of ANY country is not only morally WRONG, but undeniably DANGEROUS.

  • Why Isn't This Being Done Already?

    The country needs an educated and well-informed population to make decisions that affect the hundreds of millions of people throughout the country, and the BILLIONS of people around the world. Right now, everybody is so politically apathetic that, for them, they couldn't care less whom they voted for; going to the polls is largely routine, only something they feel they HAVE to do because if they don't vote, they feel they'll be blamed if an unpopular politician they didn't vote for gets elected (i.E. Trump), when they "could have done something about it" by going to the polls. That's not how the system of electing your political leader should be: "just because"...

    If people are going to the polls to vote for Politician A, it should be because they know Politician A's political views, and believe that politician to be best for the job at hand, NOT because they really, really hate Politician B, and was willing to vote for ANYBODY else BUT them, or voting for a politician based ONLY on their gender or race, REGARDLESS of their political views. Allowing people this simple-minded to determine the future of ANY country is not only morally WRONG, but undeniably DANGEROUS.

  • Prevent opinion manipulation

    Particularly at this time, the test designed to detect voter's cognitive biases would reduce the influence of deliberate misinformation targeting naive voters.

    Also, there's another (arguably more ethical and less discouraging) solution to this, discussed in a book "The Ethics of Voting". The author Jason Brennan 'challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens - in fact, he argues, many people owe it to the rest of us not to vote'.

  • Should a Doctor have a License?

    The ability to have an opinion is the blessing of free will, however the ability to have a functional opinion is the blessing of intelligence and knowledge. Requiring a test before voting is no different then requiring a test before driving or performing medical operations. It is not often you select a taxi driver who is ignorant of how to drive or a doctor who is pretty sure playing the board game operation a hundred times equals medical schooling. So why is it that anyone would want the people voting, to be ignorant of what they are voting on? In that case we should get rid of voter age restrictions and let my daughter also vote, shes a fan of people that wear green if that matters.

  • We need intelligent people voting

    If you don't know anything, you don't know the consequences of what you're voting for. Take a look at the situation we have with the current President. It is unprecedented. He has no government experience at all, and running the country. We got him elected. Not only should we have a mandatory test, we need to increase the standards of our public school curriculum, and require at least a high school diploma and a civics test before being allowed to vote.

  • Of course not.

    No, what's the reason for that? I think we can agree there are more politically involved people in the country than not, and their votes will outweigh the rest. Not to mention this definitely goes against the constitution. One of the things about being an american is that you born with the right to vote.

    Posted by: bete
  • What the heck

    This makes no sense. It is our constitutional right to vote, a right we fought for for many years to have. If only certain 'educated' people are allowed to vote it undermines the whole system we have. Our government is 'by the people, for the people', not 'for the people with political knowledge'.

  • Voting is not a legal right! It is a human right!

    No one should be able to tell you if you can or cannot vote based off of test results! This is fascism! We are all born equal and all have the equal right to to choose our leaders!!! Voting is a human right! This is essential to our liberty !!

  • It may make sense on the surface, but requiring Political knowledge is a bed of thorns.

    Firstly the decisions made by the political machine affect everyone regardless of political intelligence. By barring someone from voting based on that political intelligence you are requiring that a person continue to submit themselves to the rule of law without allowing them any say in how or what areas it is enforced. Why should any person in that position continue to submit to the rule of law?
    Secondly how do you enforce a test on political intelligence? What should be in it??? If a man decides he wants to vote for Politician X because she is the only politician guaranteeing that she will keep open the school that the man's daughter attends should he be allowed to vote knowing only that? Or should he be excluded from the vote based on the fact he only wants to vote on that issue?
    This is to completely ignore the logistical concerns one would have in setting up such a system.

  • It's hard but... I have to say NO

    Democracy is the right for everyone to vote...
    No matter if he is good educated, rich, poor, black, white,a woman or a man.

    It's sometimes hard to accept that people which have no knowledge have the same right to vote then other, but that is how a democracy works!

    And we can be proud that we have one!

    Posted by: timC
  • Intelligence has nothing to do with our goals and opinions about the world.

    Just because someone doesn't know a lot about politics does not mean that they can't make decisions and understand which political party they agree with. Knowledge has nothing to do with someone making goals or choosing which way they like the world to work. Voting is all about someone's opinion, not knowledge.

  • Amounts to Poll Tax

    Verifying the education of someone before voting is like charging a poll tax. Plus, as long as someone can read and understand a ballot, one assumes they are intelligent enough to vote in an election. Although the electoral college was created to prevent illiterate masses from voting in elections, modern technology has remedied that situation.

  • Voters should take a test before voting

    The US is a country that most other countries see as a developed country not only that the US has a wide range of nuclear weapons thus if power falls into the hands of an idiot it could be disastrous. The voters need to know the basic politicall things going on before they vote

  • Voters should take a test before voting

    The US is a country that most other countries see as a developed country not only that the US has a wide range of nuclear weapons thus if power falls into the hands of an idiot it could be disastrous. The voters need to know the basic politicall things going on before they vote

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