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

Asked by: Gaben11
  • Simple test should be required

    If you can't name sitting VP or one of your state senators or name any 4 states, why should your vote count? This has only to do with responsibility. Why do we think that every person has the right to vote, but we all must take a written test to drive? Such a simple plan.

  • Educated Electorate Benefits All

    The long-term solution is to change how US History is taught so that everyone has a solid grasp of America's entire history, good parts and bad. A lot of voters have a fantasized version of America that guides their voting, but if we mandated political knowledge tests, that would help filter out voters who don't have enough of a command of the current economic and political situation to make an informed decision. The challenge is to make sure that this test is applied equally to all voters and not just to certain minorities that are perceived to know less, as was the result in the Deep South in the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Don't vote if you don't understand complex issues.

    Any country aiming at providing a positive future for their citizens should not allow a large class of under educated to decide an election. This is very dangerous and has led to some of the worst political wins in history. Dictators are easily elected in this manner. People of lower intellect are easily pandered to by manipulating politicians with a basic understanding of behavioral science.
    The right to vote should be earned. Everyone should have the right to earn the right to vote by completing a political knowledge test designed by all parties before an election. It is a sad day for America.

  • Yes they should

    I believe that voting is not only one of our most precious rights as Americans, but also one of our greatest responsibilities. Voting has become a popularity contest and too often, people vote who are not knowledgeable on issues. Instead they vote for who the media supports. In order for folks to have an impact on the outcome of an election, it would be great if they understood basic principles of constitutional governance, American history, separation of powers etc.. The more a person educates themselves on the great history of this nation, the more they can make a decision based on policy decisions and not on emotion or media bias.

  • What's we're suffering

    I am suffering not getting driving lessons if having a learner's permit. It's a waiting list on driving schools for behind the wheel. A longer waiting list for disabilities. I learn different. The written test for driving is hard for learning differences. The United States is the land of the stupid.

  • Yes otherwise the voting pool is easily tainted.

    If you were to walk up to just anyone on the street and ask them to point out America on a globe, 60 percent of people would be stumped. Many people even have a hard time finding there state capital. They might even think the first president was Lincoln or that we fought WW2 against the British (yes I actually met someone who said that in public). Yeah, and I have some premium beach front property in Arizona for you, now taking deposits. These jerks actually vote and they have no idea what is happening in the world, what the country stands for or even if they know what planet they are on. Ignorant people like this tend to be followers and can be easily swayed by a charismatic leader. By leaving our voting pool as ignorant as it is, we open ourselves to weakness, corruption, and for truly dangerous people to come into power. "The only way to combat ignorance is with enlightenment." Ben Franklin. The best way to keep ignorance out of the voting pool is to have a difficult civics test that a person can take as many times as they wish. Also keep this in conjunction with a yearly government, civics, law, and economics classes in all high schools taught in a non-partisan way. That would be the proper long-term solution with the civics test as the short-term solution.

  • 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

  • Too Many Morons

    Supporting Argument? This 2016 election, but mostly, Trump supporters. Americans are lazy; they won't take the time to educate themselves on issues, and they (mostly) have short attention spans. The world is complicated and Trump voters see in him a way to simplify the whole thing - just hand it over to a 'strongman'. These morons shouldn't be allowed to vote.

  • Should this even be a question?

    Quite frankly, this is a no-brainer for me. I believe it's something that should be mandatory, and I've felt this way for many years. True democracy is a highly flawed system. What we have today is a heavily watered down democracy, which remains a highly flawed system, especially considering who our two presidential candidates are. I definitely wouldn't say it's a stretch to make the claim that the vast majority of our society is politically uninformed, and simply vote for the candidate that the heavily biased media pushes them to vote for via manufactured propaganda. As for those who don't pay attention to the media much at all but are still just as politically uninformed, their opinions are skewed by what the masses (media sheep) support. If we were to put an assessment in place that tested their knowledge in history and policy, and objective knowledge, voters would be forced to educate themselves in politics, and because of that, I think they'd lean toward voting for the better candidates to lead this country.

  • Should this even be a question?

    Quite frankly, this is a no-brainer for me. I believe it's something that should be mandatory, and I've felt this way for many years. True democracy is a highly flawed system. What we have today is a heavily watered down democracy, which remains a highly flawed system, especially considering who our two presidential candidates are. I definitely wouldn't say it's a stretch to make the claim that the vast majority of our society is politically uninformed, and simply vote for the candidate that the heavily biased media pushes them to vote for via manufactured propaganda. As for those who don't pay attention to the media much at all but are still just as politically uninformed, their opinions are skewed by what the masses (media sheep) support. If we were to put an assessment in place that tested their knowledge in history and policy, and objective knowledge, voters would be forced to educate themselves in politics, and because of that, I think they'd lean toward voting for the better candidates to lead this country.

  • 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

  • No they shouldnt

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