View Poll Results: What Requirements should we Impose?

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  • Minimum IQ Level

    24 37.50%
  • Pass Basic Literacy test

    5 7.81%
  • Be able to pay Poll Tax

    1 1.56%
  • Be able to pass test about a candidates position

    4 6.25%
  • No Requirements should be made

    30 46.88%
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Thread: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    This was tried back in the 60s to keep blacks and Latinos from voting. You really want to go there again?
    I wouldn't mind trying to keep the absolute dredges of our society from voting, quite frankly. It hurts our democratic process to include certain votes, and would be beneficial to just not take those votes in.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I wouldn't mind trying to keep the absolute dredges of our society from voting, quite frankly. It hurts our democratic process to include certain votes, and would be beneficial to just not take those votes in.
    Wow.


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    What if you can read Spanish, but not English?
    This is America, not Mexico. If you want to thrive in a country, you have to learn the language. Until you do, you can't vote. More motivation to learn to speak English.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    This is America, not Mexico. If you want to thrive in a country, you have to learn the language. Until you do, you can't vote. More motivation to learn to speak English.
    You sure you aren't a conservative?


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    This is America, not Mexico. If you want to thrive in a country, you have to learn the language. Until you do, you can't vote. More motivation to learn to speak English.
    america doesn't have an official language, so why should they have to learn one specific language?
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    You sure you aren't a conservative?
    I hold both conservative views, and other liberal views. I have more liberal views then conservative views.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    I would support a simple, nonpartisan civics test if it could stand up to constitutional scrutiny...but that's questionable.

    Maybe a better solution would be to make people take the test, tell them what their score is, then let them decide if they still want to vote. Maybe it would guilt-trip some of the dummies into not voting. Maybe part of the problem is that people overestimate their own knowledge of the issues, and a test would at least show them where they stand compared to their peers.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I would support a simple, nonpartisan civics test if it could stand up to constitutional scrutiny...but that's questionable.

    Maybe a better solution would be to make people take the test, tell them what their score is, then let them decide if they still want to vote. Maybe it would guilt-trip some of the dummies into not voting. Maybe part of the problem is that people overestimate their own knowledge of the issues, and a test would at least show them where they stand compared to their peers.
    would you surrender your right to a voice in how your country is run just because someone told you you weren't smart enough?
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    would you surrender your right to a voice in how your country is run just because someone told you you weren't smart enough?
    No, because I know I am smart enough. Some people aren't though.

    Some people may not be aware of how little they actually know about politics, and might choose not to vote after they found out. Giving them the option would certainly be less heavy-handed than banning them from voting entirely, and perhaps more likely to stand up to constitutional scrutiny as well.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    What if you can read Spanish, but not English?
    Then you are voting in the wrong country.
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