This should be common sense. We live in the age of information. Almost everyone has access to the internet, even poor people like me. That being said, anyone who is using 0.5 of an active brain cell would at least look up who they were voting for in an election. And similarly, I would want to know the facts before weighing in on a major decision that might change the course of the entire nation. If you don't know the facts, then you probably aren't in a proper position to make such a decision. Why is this even up for debate? More importantly, why are we just allowing people to vote simply for being a certain age?
In a time and age where over 90% of Americans own cell phones and have daily access to the internet, an argument can't be made to why this isn't already a law. You are an ignorant fool if you think low income and minority workers don't have the ability to be up to date with politics. At this point I honestly believe that Democrats think minorities and poor people are retarded and need all the help they can get.
I live around and work with low income individuals all day long and they could put 2 and 2 faster than half these idiots claiming poor people need help. With no knowledge requirement at the polls, any person can walk in and vote without any knowledge of the current political climate or world events.
"Which candidate is going to most efficiently settle disputes in the Middle East? Who cares this ones a minority! Who cares my friends are all voting for this one! Who cares the news says this one is more popular!" Not requiring political knowledge tests before voting only leads to lazy voting and allows candidates to get positions just because the news hypes them up.
If you believe that people can't think for themselves and research this information on this own, it is probably because you're someone who doesn't. It's probably because you come home from your desk job everyday to the news and see how "the rich are ripping off the poor" and how "minorities are being taken advantage of". It's probably because you're someone who only believes information that comes from an "authority figure". It's probably because you're an overgrown child and most importantly a Democrat.
The passing of a political exam would be a excellent idea. American need to be educated in the fields of history ad politics to not allow the mistakes of the past to become the problems of the present. This requires studying and time, I do believe that the exam should be tolerant of all political orientations and beliefs. However, allowing people who know nothing about government and politics an dhow our nation works and was founded and has been through is ridiculous and leads to the replication of the mistakes history has made.
It would make sure people who know what they are voting for and understand the system and basic things needed to vote like knowledge of how an economy works or how certain things affect the economy affect people. This would make sure people who are voting and are ill-informed about the decisions they make would have a lower representation in government, overall allowing for better decisions to be made by those voted into power.
" Should people be made to complete a political knowledge test before voting that would make people who pass have their vote worth more...."
If voters are required to have political knowledge and only those who pass a political knowledge test allowed to vote then people who pay no taxes, who are on some form of welfare, who don't own property, shouldn't be permitted to cast a vote either.
Requiring tests for voting is unconstitutional and wrong. History has proved this. Testing in order to vote has historically been used to suppress the votes of lower income workers and minorities, remember intelligence tests used against black voters?.
Furthermore, who determines what is an acceptable amount of political intelligence to vote? The government, who is of course inclined to a political bias. If they were given the power to determine the political knowledge required votes, they rig this test to only allow voters who lean right or left depending on their party.
Finally, the constitution guarantees that ALL American citizens over the age of 18 who are not felons are granted the right to vote. Nothing in the constitution states that one is required to have a certain knowledge of politics to vote, and for good reason too. Whether you are a political science major or someone who has never studied a day of economics, you have the right to decide who governs you. To deny someone these right's, for any reason, would lead to voter suppression and a failed democracy.
I'm unaware if china directly test their citizen on politics, but there are several instances that illustrate the fallacy of political exams. They test applicants who wish to join the communist party, which may also include showing loyalty to their agenda (which some speculate is one-reason why some use extra-legal action against activists , to better there odds of being accepted ). Another example is they screen out "qualified" candidates for the Hong presidency campaign. It not a true election because those in power pre-selected those that wouldn't oppose their views, essentially defeating the entire purpose of voting in the first place.
In a couple of sentences. Policy change everyday and that a essential part of a democracy. So testing the "knowledge" of voters before they even reach the ballot is only useful in corruption scandals