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originally posted by: Knapperdude
Plato had it right...Can you imagine a mob rules America, with voters who regularly vote for "the Bachelor" or " American idol " deciding our future?
" and to the republic, for which it stands "
See, I wanted to give you a star and say good point. But then you mentioned your not a college graduate.
I would not stay in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, or California, probably a few others. Individual states will feel the pain first before the entire nation.
And to answer your question, they may have access to the knowledge but a degree is more than just access. Its about how to find, disseminate and evaluate all the sources.
originally posted by: JAGStorm
Simmer down, simmer down.
I don't really think that is a good thing. I do think it would be interesting to make citizens pass
a basic US government test before voting.
How many uneducated voters are there? Do you think literacy would change the outcome of elections?
I've know so many people on both sides of the voting fence just go in and vote straight Republican or Democrat without
even know who they are voting for. I see this on a local level where I live. This isn't just about poor young people, a lot of this
can be said for elderly too.
Can we really trust uneducated people with such a responsibility?
Some of these same questions come up regarding felons and their voting rights, or lack thereof.
Why? They don't make good decisions, have low morals, are uneducated etc...
The Voting Rights Act (VRA), codified at 42 U.S.C. §§ 1973 to 1973aa-6, is an important federal civil rights law that protects minorities from discriminatory voting practices. Initially, the VRA only protected racial minorities, but in 1975, Congress extended its protections to members of “languages minorities,” including voters who speak Spanish, Native American languages, Alaskan Native languages, and Asian languages. The VRA prevents voting discrimination in several ways. It prohibits literacy tests or similar “tests or devices” as a prerequisite to voter registration, and requires jurisdictions with significant language minority populations to provide non-English ballots and oral voting instructions. The act also allows protects minorities from vote dilution. In areas with particularly bad discrimination problems, the act authorized federal examiners to directly register voters and observe polling places. Finally, it requires areas with a history of voting discrimination to “preclear” changes to their voting laws.