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    Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    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?

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Most voters are ignorant of who they are voting for, especially as they move down the ticket. Like who really knows the judge or state senator for whom they are casting a ballot.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanWoman76 View Post

    1. Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote?
    2. 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.?
    3. Should equal use of both Democrat and Republican news sources be part of the definition of reasonable effort?
    1. In the words of John Kerry, "People have the right to be stupid."
    2. reasonable effort? subjected to too much opinion. Will lead to more corruption. You didn't research this about my candidate. What do you mean you support what that candidate did? Don't you know what that means? You're banned!
    3. Democrats tend to believe that there is no media bias. They do not think anything from the right is a legitimate source. Again too much opinion here. Afterall, you can watch Fox News and agree with everything Juan Williams, and Alan Colmes says and say you researched using a "right wing source."

    Even a list suggesting what each candidate stands for, could be biased
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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 strongly support weighting votes based on the knowledge of the voter. IMO, it's embarrassing that we use a system where the vote of a political genius counts the same as someone who votes based solely on the skin colors of the candidates.
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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Voting is not a way to determine truth or virtue. It is merely a way to delegate authority. There's no better way to do it than the universal suffrage according to the one person - one vote rule. It is a horrible, idiotic way - but still the best, considering alternatives.

    The real line of defense lays beyond delegating authority. OK, it is delegated. What are the "authorized" supposed to do - and what are they NOT supposed to do, what are the limits of their power? These are the real questions.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Most voters are ignorant of who they are voting for, especially as they move down the ticket. Like who really knows the judge or state senator for whom they are casting a ballot.
    Plus politicians lie. The one they may think that they know may be just a show designed to gather more votes.
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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?
    No, and quite frankly, being an 18 year old American shouldn't be the only qualifier. Everyone registering to vote should have to pass a competency test in order to receive a valid voter registration card.
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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    there is no way to test for willful ignorance without transgressing a huge personal barrier.

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    Re: Should willfully ignorant people be allowed to vote

    It certainly would be a blow to the Tea Party activists.

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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?
    Part of me wants to say yes.But our elected officials would find ways to screw voters. Besides that It would be easier to ban party affiliations on the ballot and just make a short list of what the candidate stands and past votes that support those positions for under his or her name and then maybe on the voting booth walls have a more thorough list of what the candidate stands for and past votes, may at busy polls have a booklet that voters can read while waiting in line. This would help the voters get somewhat informed who they are voting for.

    Today its easy as hell to see what a candidate stands for and their past votes.But on the city and state level its not that easy unless that candidate was in the national spotlight.So you really have to base your vote on what the candidate and commercials say.
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