View Poll Results: What Requirements should we Impose?

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Thread: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

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    Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    I saw the thread on "Can we have too much Democracy" and it got me thinking, do we give the right to vote to too many people?

    Right now, as far as I know, the only requirement to vote is to be a citizen, and registered as a voter, which means you've gone a relatively simple process.

    I think the problem with today's democracy is that too many people can vote, and too many of those people do not know the actual issues, but only know of the mud-slinging contest between the people running for the office.

    EDIT: I forgot to include civil service as a prerequisite for voting.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    There is a requirement to vote.....18 years of age.

    Should we go back to having to pass tests in order to vote?


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    There is a requirement to vote.....18 years of age.

    Should we go back to having to pass tests in order to vote?
    Age restrictions granted, thats incredibly basic. I'm asking whether we need more comprehensive requirements.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Age restrictions granted, thats incredibly basic. I'm asking whether we need more comprehensive requirements.
    And what are your thoughts?

    I say it's just fine the way it is.


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    And what are your thoughts?

    I say it's just fine the way it is.
    I think it might be worthwhile to let people who understand the issues a candidate stands for vote, and nothing much less then that, because then he/she is voting on either the lies spread by the opposition, or on assumptions, both of which are bad to base a vote off of, IMO.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    why should any citizen not have the right to vote, they still live in the country, and should have a say in it, whether they're intelligent or not. But if it were to be implemented, those that are exempt from voting should also be exempt from taxes, as they wouldn't have a say in how its spent.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I think it might be worthwhile to let people who understand the issues a candidate stands for vote, and nothing much less then that, because then he/she is voting on either the lies spread by the opposition, or on assumptions, both of which are bad to base a vote off of, IMO.
    How would you determine who understands the issues? And we would need a Constitutional Amendment for that, no?


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    How would you determine who understands the issues?
    a simple test asking which party a candidate belongs to, whether he/she has expressd free-market principles as the way to go, or government regulation, pro choice or pro life, etc. Like 10 questions, with a 60% passing rate needed to vote.
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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    why should any citizen not have the right to vote, they still live in the country, and should have a say in it, whether they're intelligent or not. But if it were to be implemented, those that are exempt from voting should also be exempt from taxes, as they wouldn't have a say in how its spent.
    Very true.


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    Re: Do we need a requirement to Vote?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    a simple test asking which party a candidate belongs to, whether he/she has expressd free-market principles as the way to go, or government regulation, pro choice or pro life, etc. Like 10 questions, with a 60% passing rate needed to vote.
    That's ridiculous.


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