Should you have to pass a test in order to vote?

Posted by: qwertyytrewq01943

There are many people who cast votes by being hardly informed by the candidates or politics in general. So should a test be put in place to prevent these people from voting?

21 Total Votes

Yes there should be a test that you must pass when registering to vote that gives a general overview of American government and politics.

9 votes

No. Such a test is unnecessary and could be used to intentionally disenfranchise certain groups of the electorate.

9 votes

Yes there should be a test before every election that a voter must pass in order to have their vote counted. This test will go into high detail about American government and the candidates' platforms.

3 votes
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dmussi12 says2015-07-01T05:38:51.4926534-05:00
Political parties exist to give a quick label and inform voters on the probable stances on various issues so that they don't HAVE to know a ton about politics.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-02T11:12:54.3471692-05:00
It's kind of a test already. You know your stuff, you get a passing grade and the country turns our better. You don't, you end up getting a failing grade and get an Obama as president.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-02T11:13:24.9353391-05:00
Then you get to re-take the test in a couple years and see if you learned anything.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-02T11:16:40.6611046-05:00
To some extent the "fill in the bubble" test they do at the beginning is a form of competence testing that they do already. Maybe it never went farther than that because filling in a bubble was the only thing you couldnt tie a bias to?? Haha
dmussi12 says2015-07-02T13:57:46.7099612-05:00
@Freedom There is no test free of bias. For example, the phrases 'global warming' and 'climate change' are perceived really differently by the public.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-02T14:19:51.7584845-05:00
I understand that. That would be my only qualm with doing it. Its pretty much impossible to not have bias there. You might be able to do it a different way ... By allowing each party to create their own and let the person choose the test to take. They already choose the affiliation ... So that kind of renders the test being used as propaganda null. So long as it covered some key basics ... Let the parties rub whatever bias they want on it and submit it to their own people that way. They are already listening to that parties bias anyways.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-02T14:20:38.9096970-05:00
Idk. Im sure theres some novel ways to go about it that could work.
Texas14 says2015-07-02T16:00:34.9741026-05:00
You have a constitutional right to vote
Texas14 says2015-07-02T17:50:20.2793360-05:00
You guys know this is unconstitutional right?
dmussi12 says2015-07-02T20:35:54.8261444-05:00
@Texas14 I agree, and it goes beyond the Constitution, too. The core premise of ANY legitimate government is that it derives its power from the people, and voting is the most effective way to channel that power. When you tell someone they can't vote for any reason, you're taking away a right that every HUMAN has.
Texas14 says2015-07-02T20:42:48.3567380-05:00
I totally agree. It's not only illegal, it's immoral. We cannot allow people to be silenced.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-03T05:21:02.2315206-05:00
I don't think I'm imagining any test that anyone could truly fail. More of a short education prior to voting. The 'testing' is just a method of recording that they did indeed read the education pamphlet or whatnot. The only people truly being barred would be people who didn't want to know what the issues were about or what candidates stand for what ... Voting blindly based on whatever pictures they saw most on TV or something. This might be a slightly less convoluted way of getting the truth about candidates before voting and ensuring the entire voter base is exposed to the same truths at the same time.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-03T05:23:54.4432323-05:00
It takes the money factor out of politicians campaigns too. If you could indeed find an unbiased way to write it ... Universal dissemination at the polls is not a bad thing. Calling it a 'test' is giving people the wrong idea I think.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-07-03T05:25:51.7886640-05:00
Its not any less immoral than airing a campaign ad outside of election day. Its all about swaying public opinion to them. What's the fairest most unbiased way to get people the info?
TBR says2015-07-03T09:28:15.4495471-05:00
Again, WAY too many problems with this "education". Who writes this pamphlet? There are endless amounts of material available to the voter now. If you had this test you envision on issues, whats to keep blatant bias out?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-09-29T19:55:01.7291467Z
Which is worse? Bias or ignorance?
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-09-29T19:55:24.0219754Z
Which is worse? Bias or ignorance?

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