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

Asked by: Gaben11
  • Yes -They Need It

    Suffrage is all well and good, but an uneducated person should not receive the right to vote - if you want your vote, prove that your opinion is valid, and that your opinion can reliably be said to benefit the entire country, because the entire country will have to live your vote. A smaller number of voters that know who the better candidate is is much better than a large number of voters who have no idea who the better candidate is, and will probably vote based only on party, or personality, or speeches.

  • To Make the President Elected is the Right One

    People should have to pass a test to show they have some knowledge on voting to avoid ignorant people voting for a president for reasons unrelated to running a country, like race for example. If people are tested before voting, it shows they had to have put some thought behind their decision, or it will at least lessen the amount of votes cast for impure reasons

  • It is the right thing to do.

    This makes sure that people voting aren't mindless humans with no clue at all what they're talking about. It only lets the people who will make the RIGHT decision vote, which is quite helpful and helps us get closer to a more fair election, and therefore a batter choice for president,

  • Yes, there is no legal right to vote

    There is no legal right to vote

    Uninformed and uneducated voters help make our political process simpler, meaner, and dumber. If someone does not possess basic political knowledge, there is little reason to believe that he would be able to make an appropriate decision about the subsequent policies within his city, state, or country. If there is reason to believe he cannot make a good decision about policy, he has no business participating in an election.

    Amendments XV, XIX, XXIV, and XXVI to the Constitution only say that you cannot deny someone a vote on account of race, sex, failure to pay tax, or age after the individual reaches 18. There is no constitutional right to vote.

  • Yes it is beneficial to the people.

    If people took a political knowledge test to vote we could confirm that they actually know some background knowledge about the competing senators as well as the election in general. We can not have individuals blindly voting for senators that could prove to be a potential hazard to the well being of the people.

  • I'm for this

    I wouldn't want somebody voting for a leader unless they actually knew who and what they were voting for, as well as the opponent's stance. Some people's voting choices are swayed by pressure from family, friends, coworkers, etc. That being said, I probably wouldn't pass that test if I were given it, but I'm sure that if voting required a test, more people would do their research.

  • Knowledge equals freedom and liberty

    Only an informed and educated society can have the honest means to be truly free under the roof of our country. Therefore, it is necessary and essential that the voting population at a minimum should understand the framework of the United States government, the history of the US Constitution and US independence, how bills and thus laws are passed, and the core role of government and its place among the people for the people. To ensure that the voting population is educated to similar minimum standards, it should be mandated for eligible voters to pass a civics knowledge test and gain certification to have the clearance to vote. This certification would eliminate illegal votes, ensure the proper strength of the vote by reducing fraud and ballot errors, and eliminate the need for the electoral college which clearly fails to accurately represent the US population.

  • Duh! - Voting is not a Fundamental Right, Protection Against Mobocracy

    If you look at the Framers' intentions in the constitution, any American citizen would realize that they did not intend for every person in the country to vote. That was the reason behind property qualifications, income/education qualifications, and literacy qualifications. In studies in 2004 it was found only 39% of American Citizens could name the British Prime Minister. And you want the rest of the 61% to be electing Representatives, Senators, and Presidents? Does that even sound logical? Moreover this would serve as a protection against voter fraud, while ensuring no external pressure from socialist, communist, and anarchist immigrants.

  • The effort put into the decision is not equal so the votes should not be.

    This is a "political knowledge test" not an IQ test. You don't have to be the smartest person in the world to know about the candidate you are voting for so unless the person is incapable of learning then they could pass the test if they actually know what they are voting for.

    I don't understand how anyone could think it is okay to leave important decisions in the hands of people who don't even know what decisions they are making. If you are voting for a candidate based on his looks, race, gender, or political affiliation then you have failed at the true purpose of voting.

  • Here is why

    While yes it is a right for people to vote, why should someone who doesn't know why they're voting for who they are voting for or vote for someone because the other person spoke funny(dialect) or he was black like me or white like me or the other guy was black? Remember THIS ISN'T A LITERACY TEST, this a political test probably something simple like why did you vote for this individual, which is open ended so there isn't any easy way to cheat. This isn't testing whether you can read and write or not, which people can still be informed without knowing how to read or write. If you don't know why you shouldn't be voting. Democrat, Republican, or third party doesn't matter. Someone tell me why not. It doesn't infringe on the 15th amendment which says no excluding any race from voting, nor the 19th(women's suffrage), nor the 24th(poll tax). Someone tell me why not.

  • This is not necessary by the Constitution

    There should be no necessity to take a citizenship test before voting because it is not needed by the Constitution, usually things like these are meant to disenfranchise other groups (I'm talking to you, you segregate based on religion or other things) , and i seems nosy. Think about it. If you were required to take a citizenship test before voting, would you want a government agent snooping around your house while you take a test that you might fail? It seems illogical.

  • No they shouldn't

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  • No i don't

    We need more people like trump in office. Who will rule the world liike hitler. That'd be nice right? Well, here i am taellling you know you should not be informed otherwise we an't have trump in office ;)... So i am in miss hardy's class and proud to be a trump american

  • Voting is a Natural Right!

    Voting is a natural right. It is one of the unalienable rights that is implied in the constitution by Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that cannot be taken away. Also, most of the voting population has already take some sort of civics test an have gone through education. The United States of America is a democracy and people should be able to vote for their own leaders, otherwise, in the end, the U.S will just end up having a king and not having the people decide the government.

  • There should not be a test!

    People have already gone through school and tests. For example, if you come from another country, to become a U.S. citizen and be able to exercise the right to vote, you must already take a civics test and learn the language. And in schools, seventh graders must take Civics tests. Plus, it everyone's own effort to stay informed. Hopefully the informed voters will outweigh the people who just don't pay attention.

  • This is just plain discrimination.

    People who are financially unstable may not have the funds to send their children to school to learn about civics and politics. The politicians will target their votes at those who can vote, and the less fortunate will not have a voice to support them. We are reverting ourselves to Jim Crow eras. Voting is a natural right for American citizens. There is more than one layer to this issue, and people need to realize this.

  • Of course not!

    The reason the fifteenth amendment was given to us is because then everyone had the right to vote

    What's the reason for taking that away?? Litterally, none.

    The same knowledge that is used to make everyday decisions, like deciding what to eat, are used in the poll on the day of voting. If we require a literacy or civics test on the day when people go to the polls, why don’t we provide a test say food nutrition when people order their burgers at McDonalds? Or a test on fabrication and sewing when the shoppers buy their clothing items at the department stores?

    No! Which is exactly why there shouldn't be a test!!!

  • No i dont

    We need more people like trump in office. Who will rule the world liike hitler. That'd be nice right? Well, here i am taellling you know you should not be informed otherwise we an't have trump in office ;)... So i am in miss hardy's class and proud to be a trump american

  • I support this

    There should be a test for people of the United States to know what is going on. (PS: If u r in Mrs. Hardy's class, hi and good luck on ur essay ;) ) We need informed voters, who can make fully educated decisions on the topic of our country.

  • It's our free right!!!

    The constitution gives us the fifteenth amendment for a reason...

    It honestly doesn't matter whether or not you have an education, if you can read and write, you're good!!!!
    The ability shouldn't be based on gender, race, religion, how much money you have, ect.. This is a free country for a REASON!!!

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