Should a High school Diploma, or other test of intelligence be required to vote?

Posted by: TyroneShelton

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All may vote

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Pass a Civics class

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IQ requirement

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Other (Please specify)

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High School Diploma

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TBR says2015-07-24T20:52:34.5417620-05:00
Stupid people don't deserve representation?
reece says2015-07-24T21:45:44.6260931-05:00
It's not about being an elitist. Whats the point of someone voting if they don't understand what their voting for?
reece says2015-07-24T21:48:48.9036082-05:00
@58539672 Dyslexia...?
Atheist-Independent says2015-07-24T22:20:14.3643048-05:00
@ reece Do you know what you are voting for? Honestly? Does anyone know what they are really voting for?
TyroneShelton says2015-07-24T22:20:20.1675420-05:00
I think a civics class is not too much to ask. The class is free and should not discriminate.
reece says2015-07-24T22:28:39.7917068-05:00
@Atheist-Independent Yes. Going by the political stances. If they go a 180 on their view then it's our of our control.
58539672 says2015-07-24T22:31:59.8642718-05:00
@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.
RisKYourself says2015-07-24T22:33:11.9269118-05:00
Shouldn't the question be "required to run for office?"
reece says2015-07-24T22:33:49.5744361-05:00
@58539672 great. Know learn what it is.
reece says2015-07-24T22:38:23.2519623-05:00
TyroneShelton says2015-07-24T22:43:14.9229125-05:00
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.
TBR says2015-07-24T22:57:02.0078457-05:00
Where is the line? Only polysci profs? Everyone with an IQ one point below yours? How about based on a test that I know you can't pass? This was done before, and it sucked.
58539672 says2015-07-24T23:48:21.6019623-05:00
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.
TBR says2015-07-24T23:50:27.0727623-05:00
^^^ Yup. He has it.
TyroneShelton says2015-07-24T23:58:22.1175384-05:00
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 says2015-07-25T00:22:47.4943623-05:00
@58539672 I don't know why you're bringing up literacy tests?
TBR says2015-07-25T01:05:09.6775505-05:00
@TyroneShelton - I asked some questions I would like answered. "Where is the line? Only polysci profs? Everyone with an IQ one point below yours? How about based on a test that I know you can't pass?"
TBR says2015-07-25T01:07:14.1354004-05:00
@reece - The history of testing is very bleak in the US. You, kiwi, have a terrible issue with "forced votes", right?
reece says2015-07-25T01:41:03.9611810-05:00
Yeah, but i don't know why they would use Literacy tests now? And no, i love voting.
58539672 says2015-07-25T01:56:03.3666846-05:00
@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?
TBR says2015-07-25T01:58:58.7310583-05:00
Not one of you will address my questions. Where is the cutoff, and who decides. What if it cuts YOU off? One IQ point, or some trivial point of constitutional law? Where do YOU want the line?
reece says2015-07-25T02:20:37.4064547-05:00
@58539672 The poll doesn't boil down to Literacy tests. A Literacy test doesn't necessarily determine someones general intelligence. That's why i brought up dyslexia.
reece says2015-07-25T02:23:09.1632547-05:00
On the other hand a cognitive test does determine someones general intelligence.
reece says2015-07-25T02:34:29.3771082-05:00
I'll have it at 77 points just to piss PetersSmith off.
HarryTruman33 says2015-07-25T22:30:18.9291009-05:00
All men are created equal.
Stefy says2015-07-26T19:51:55.2678970-05:00
Its a right. End of story.
TyroneShelton says2015-07-26T23:58:50.5445128-05:00
The line is a civics class.

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