Should Citizens Need to Show Political Knowledge to Vote?Posted by: MakeSensePeopleDont
Let's be honest here: How many people vote one way or the other without knowing a single thing about the candidates except their skin color, sex, and MAYBE the lies in the media?
Yes: Although we have the right to vote, shouldn't we properly educate the voter first?
No: Who cares what I know about......OOO Look at the shiny thing.
Yes, I am tired of hearing "I don't know what he's for, he's black" and "I don't know what her policy views are, I just know she's gonna be the first woman president." Did our last two elections not wake us up to politicians and how the media purposely lies to the public in order to advance their own agenda? In fact, a large population of the voting crowd was polled before and after voting and it was found that most were either misinformed/misled about candidates, mixed up their candidates and policies, said they were voting for Obama because they would get free stuff, or said they had no idea what any policies were for any candidate but were voting for Obama strictly because he is black. I understand we have a constitutionally given RIGHT to vote, but what's the harm in properly educating voters before their selection? You won't rid the polls of morons wasting their votes on race or skin color but at least the wrongly informed and lied to voters would have a fighting chance. If we don't apply some kind of test, we are grooming the nation to be run politically by moronic voters as well as whomever can run the most widely accepted and viewed lie and smear campaigns.
If a voter cant pass a basic citizenship test, then they shouldnt be allowed to vote
We need to slow the merge of entertainment and information. It makes people less informed. But I think every citizen should be able to vote.
No. 1) Voting is a right stop trying to take it away from people 2) This would favor people woth access to better education and with more time on their hands (usually wealthier) 3) What defines political knowledge? Seems like it would be very easy to turn someone dowm for their political views.
Not seen a good enough reason yet to remove a fundamental right, it's a slippery slope.
Otherwise, what counts as political knowledge. That sort of system would become biased quickly if it wasn't biased to begin with.
The process would be too political. Way too easy for politicians to abuse.