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  •  I sometimes feel this way about voters, that (4+ / 0-)
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    freakofsociety, Orinoco, gffish, solliges

    they should have to pass a short current affairs test. Nothing subtle or specific to a law or bill; you can't make all voters pay as much attention to stuff as we political junkies do. Just generic, high-level stuff that every voter should know about a candidate's stance on broad issues or the basic premise of a proposition or initiative. Questions like
    True or false: Mitt Romney wants to make all abortions illegal, even in cases of rape or incest.
    Mitt Romney thinks abortion should be legal:
    _ Always
    _ Sometimes
    _ Never

    Can't get 3 out of 5 or 4 out of 7 right? Sorry, you're not informed enough to cast an informed, responsible vote.

    preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    by 1BQ on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 12:30:42 PM PDT

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    •  Poll tests are way too easy to abuse (5+ / 0-)

      educating ignorant voters is a long hard slog, especially with Fox Noise working so hard to keep them ignorant, but it's what we have to do.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:19:14 PM PDT

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    •  You want to bring back literacy tests? (3+ / 0-)
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      How about some poll taxes to go with 'em?  

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 04:38:08 PM PDT

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      •  Generally, I agree with you, but there are some (1+ / 0-)
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        things every voter should know. When the late night guys like Leno do those man-on-the street interviews I just cringe when some of the people they talk to can't name the vice president or the speaker of the house or three supreme court justices -- simple things every citizen should know.

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