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

Asked by: Gaben11
  • Aslong as the test is easy

    Aslong as it is easy and basic it would be good. Some basic A B C D questions of what the parties stance of things are would be something they could add. This also means that people with no idea of what is happening would have a harder time voting. And some might even change who they are voting for because they had to do some "studying"

  • Of course they should

    I see some people who are agents this idea which kind of blows my mind honestly no they shouldn't take a crazy hard test but they should definitely take a easy short test that shows they know at least the basics of what they are voting for. I've met people who have no idea and I mean NO IDEA! Whats going on they only vote one way or the other because of friends or family. . .

    What if you were to go to court for a crime and the jury judging you had never even been in the court or heard anything about what you did wrong? That would be absolutely ludicrous.

    You might even want to be like well this isn't the same thing, Actually it is people even die from poor government choices.

  • Political Teams? No

    American politics has now become just another team sport. We've chosen sides. . . . . . . . The red or blue team.
    Which candidate is best for the job? Who cares about that? All that matters is that he's on my team. His principals and ideology? I depend on the team managers to sort all that out for me and then tell me who to vote for.

    God help us.

  • Yes, Just yes

    People should know a thing or two before they vote for the president, Or governors. If they vote, For someone that will ruin America, They are held responsible for that person being in power. If only, For example ( don't take this the wrong way ), If only 30% of the American population could vote, That is 70% of the uneducated people not voting, So it makes it more fair, In my opinion.

  • Yes, Just yes

    People should know a thing or two before they vote for the president, Or governors. If they vote, For someone that will ruin America, They are held responsible for that person being in power. If only, For example ( don't take this the wrong way ), If only 30% of the American population could vote, That is 70% of the uneducated people not voting, So it makes it more fair, In my opinion.

  • Informed voters only

    Everyone should have to be educated enough to know both political parties and what they stand for and other political and economic ideas. There should be no random write ins either because Mickey Mouse or Chuck Norris is not a valid vote if they aren't pre-registered to run for office.

  • Informed Voters Only

    It would force people to actually learn about each of the candidates and what their main views are before voting. Currently, People vote on the basis of rumors, The physical appearance of the candidate, Or the few sentences they may have heard from a biased source. Passing a political knowledge test wouldn't be that difficult to do and would ensure that voters are thoroughly informed before they make a decision.

  • Informed Voters Only

    It would force people to actually learn about each of the candidates and what their main views are before voting. Currently, People vote on the basis of rumors, The physical appearance of the candidate, Or the few sentences they may have heard from a biased source. Passing a political knowledge test wouldn't be that difficult to do and would ensure that voters are thoroughly informed before they make a decision.

  • Informed Voters Only

    It would force people to actually learn about each of the candidates and what their main views are before voting. Currently, People vote on the basis of rumors, The physical appearance of the candidate, Or the few sentences they may have heard from a biased source. Passing a political knowledge test wouldn't be that difficult to do and would ensure that voters are thoroughly informed before they make a decision.

  • Age does NOT equal intelligence!

    Doctors need licenses, car owners need to learn to drive, it makes sense. Some kids have passed high school at 10, While some people never went to school before then. I think from the ages of 14 and up every year you have to take the test to vote in the next election, and if you pass, you pass for life. Let’s be honest if this was implemented, we would have a very democratic government most likely. The other side may say “well it affects them too so they should vote” well it affect others when uneducated people whose only history class was creationist bible camp vote for a 14th century flat earther. Also it affect minors, so with that argument you could say all children from birth for life should 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

  • No they shouldnt

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