@reece After Reconstruction of the South ended, many southern legislations tried to put in literacy tests in their voting system to keep the uneducated poor man (mainly the black population) out of the government. Literacy tests remove the vote of poor people, which just so happens to include many of the minorities in this country.
Can someone say that a civics class to teach kids about the political system, that is offered in all high schools and some middle schools, is bad? Im not saying stupid people dont deserve representation, Im saying stupid people shouldn't be allowed to vote until they know what theyre doing.
Their is a reason we issued the Voting Rights Act of 1965, essentially banning all forms of literacy tests for voting requirements. Having the power to deny anyone their right to vote can and will be misused.
A poll test or poll test would not apply to a Civics class, since the class is not particularly hard to pass. But without education Democracy cant thrive. People without education on politics can be manipulated into voting for candidates that are full of crap.
@reece I use the word literacy test because that is what this poll boils down too. A test of some sort so that only those of a certain intelligence can vote. This also includes, but is not limited to, presenting proof of a diploma, a certain IQ requirement, and voting taxes and the like (all of which were used in the US to act as little loopholes to bypass the 15th amendment). Im actually talking about the topic that the poll is bringing up. What are you talking about?