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?

    Anyone know the stats on how many Americans over 18 actually do vote?


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    No because there will never be a fair way to do it. The moment any sort of disqualification standard is put into practice it will be targeted by every special interest group who wishes to influence the make-up of the voting population in their own favor.

    And I don't think this will just be political parties either. I think it will be any group with a political interest and it will make the lobbiest problem look very small in comparison.

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?


    Leave the current system alone. Citizens have the right to be heard and that is accomplished through voting.





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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by E_Pluribus_Venom View Post
    Some current events are proof that one doesn't necessarily need to know a great deal about politics in order to actively go out and protest. Look at some of the "tea-party activists". "Keep Government out of my Medi-care"? "We've got an illegal in the WH"? I think you're attempting to create a big "if" where an atmosphere for that "if" doesn't exist. As we're currently seeing, passion is stronger than reason... and if people feel compelled to oppose or favor, a test will do little to stop that.
    Yea, look at some of the anti-war protesters and code pink, too. Or do you only see stupidity on the other side of the aisle?

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by E_Pluribus_Venom View Post
    Some current events are proof that one doesn't necessarily need to know a great deal about politics in order to actively go out and protest. Look at some of the "tea-party activists". "Keep Government out of my Medi-care"? "We've got an illegal in the WH"? I think you're attempting to create a big "if" where an atmosphere for that "if" doesn't exist. As we're currently seeing, passion is stronger than reason... and if people feel compelled to oppose or favor, a test will do little to stop that.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by E_Pluribus_Venom View Post
    Why is something that is meant to discourage an American right inherently wrong? I think the question itself answer that.
    This is just populist garbage. This country would be ten times better off if we could find an equitable way of eliminating a certain percentage of voters from the voting pool.

    People who can't read shouldn't be voting, period.

    People who can't pass a basic civics test shouldn't be voting.

    I also think people who are financially indebted to the government shouldn't be allowed to vote either, although I'm somewhat amenable to compromise on that one.

    I don't think voting is a right, but rather a privilege you earn by being a productive and informed citizen.

    If we can restrict intelligent seventeen year olds from voting, then there's no reason we should allow moronic adults to cast a vote either.

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Please stop right now before this thread devolves into people showing off idiots who disagree with them politically.

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1984 View Post
    I also think people who are financially indebted to the government shouldn't be allowed to vote either, although I'm somewhat amenable to compromise on that one.
    Honestly, I personally wouldn't be opposed to a form of this. Perhaps you cannot be taxed if you don't vote. I would gladly give up my federal taxes to not vote since I am in georgia and thanks to the electoral college, my vote is meaningless.

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I don't think you'd need to ask about any specific policy positions at all. Here are a few sample questions I can think of:

    1. Who is the current Vice President of the United States?
    2. Who is the current governor of your state?
    3. What document establishes our system of government?
    4. What is the highest court in the nation called?
    5. How many states are there?
    6. What are the two houses of Congress called?
    With those questions you will lose the Laker Girl vote. And a number of professional athletes won't be able to vote.

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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    No. The system has it's problems but is fine the way it is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Benjii likes the protests...he'd be largely irrelevant without them. So he needs to speak where he knows there will be protests against him and that makes him responsible for the protests.
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