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View Diary: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (Voting Rights Edition) (41 comments)

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  •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

    For example, if in order to be completely democratic, everyone must be allowed to vote regardless of whether they can comprehend the issues, then why not let school children vote? Why not preschoolers? There is absolutely nothing undemocratic about voting tests, as long as they are applied reasonably and fairly.

    Furthermore, it's easy to say that voting tests are inherently undemocratic, but please give me an actual reason. For example, I hereby assert that someone who is completely illiterate should not have the right to vote, because they would be completely dependent on other people not only for their understanding the issues, but also for the actual mechanics of voting. In other words, I believe that it is actually quite undemocratic to allow illiterate people to vote in today's elections. What is your argument in favor of allowing illiterate people to vote (as they can under our present system)?

    •  do you realize that literacy (2+ / 0-)
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      shanikka, Kysen

      has no relationship to intelligence?

      Or understanding of issues?

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 10:48:42 PM PDT

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    •  Because Children Lack (1+ / 0-)
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      The cognitive ability to discern long-term consequences, for one?

      As far as the actual reason that voting tests are "undemocratic", here's the reason: true democracy is built upon the concept of one man/one vote. Not "one man I think is smart enough". Not "one man who can clear a hurdle I think he should clear." But one man, one vote.

      My argument for allowing illiterate people to vote is my relatives over the age of 80 who were raised in dirt-poor families busy sharecropping and if they were lucky got 6 years of schooling before they had to quit, who demonstrate a lot more sense about politics and rights than you have in these posts and who have voted in every election since voting suppression methods were finally torqued by the VRA in 1965.  I'd take their form of "intelligence" over yours. Any day.

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