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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    That would eliminate 99% of dp.comers.
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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Should the willfully ignorant be allowed to vote?

    But how does one assess ignorance? What defines ignorance in politics? Nobody can have all knowledge of a Person running and all knowledge relating to all subjects/issues that relate to politics. Therefore, we are all ignorant of many things, and if that information is available to us, then we are willfully ignorant. So what level of ignorance is tolerable? What issues should ignorance be allowed? And what about willful stupidity? That being when people have the available knowledge but can't come to reasoned and logical conclusions but use emotional rational?

    Sure, I would like to see an end to ignorance and stupidity in politics. But how would we accomplish it? Who would chose which answers on a test are correct? For me, it is easy to spot the willfully ignorant and stupid, they use names like Socialist, progressive and Liberal. But, well, that is my opinion and if they are in charge of the test, I am pretty sure that many of my beliefs would fall under their definition of willfully ignorant and stupid. I am of course correct, but in politics, being correct is not necessarily being right.
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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Absolutely. I'm certainly in favor of encouraging voters to be well informed about their decisions, but in the end, neither I nor the government should be granted the right to dictate on what grounds voters base their decisions on, or set arbitrary knowledge standards in order to weed out "undesirables."

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    every citizen's right to vote should remain unobstructed. I'm not even that comfortable with taking voting rights away from felons who have completed their sentences.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    You shouldn't take the right to vote away from any citizen. Ignorant or not...it is their right to exercise.
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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    The problem is that getting an objective, non-biased definition of "willfully ignorant" is vanishingly improbable in the politically polarized society we have today.


    In short, it would be abused to disinfranchise those someone disagrees with.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanWoman76 View Post
    Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote? Or should voter be required to document that they have done a reasonable effort at researching candidates and issues to obtain a voter I.D.? Should equal use of both Democrat and Republican news sources be part of the definition of reasonable effort? Should people who are unemployed have to spend more time on research than the employed, to qualify as a reasonable effort? with each person's search documentation attached to their identity and subject to a challenge, and the way they voted remaining anonymous? Should we make it easier to obtain voter I.D. than it presently is, by eliminating proof of current residence as a requirement, which poses an unnecessary hardship on the poor and minorities?
    I have found that the willfully ignorant are often informed and would pass any test given to determine if they are informed. This is because there isn’t an actual, real, deterministic relationship between ignorant and informed. The most informed can be the most ignorant. A test that would be neat, but can’t be done, would be to test if the voter understood what will happen if he is a member of the majority in the vote. But that test can't be given for obvious reasons.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    People should have to take a test to vote, like that for citizenship.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Quantavius View Post
    People should have to take a test to vote, like that for citizenship.
    The only test for citizenship is that you must vote for Liberals and love Obama.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    what does that even mean? just because i dont have a have a collage degree or hi paying job, i shouldnt vote? i live in this country and should have a say regardless of how important i am

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