Henry asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 4 months ago

Should a literacy test be required in order to vote? Why or why not?

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  • 4 months ago
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    No because from the 1890s to the 1960s, many state governments in the United States administered literacy tests to prospective voters purportedly to test their literacy in order to vote. In practice, these tests were intended to disenfranchise racial minorities. Southern state legislatures employed literacy tests as part of the voter registration process starting in the late 19th century. Literacy tests, along with poll taxes, residency and property restrictions, and extra-legal activities (violence and intimidation) were all used to deny suffrage to African Americans.

    The first formal voter literacy tests were introduced in 1890. At first, whites were generally exempted from the literacy test if they could meet alternate requirements that in practice excluded blacks, such as a grandfather clause, or a finding of "good moral character".

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  • 4 months ago

    Most  Trump voters can both read and write -- but they sure aren't smart .

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Excellent idea!  That would be the end of the Republican party in one fell swoop!  We all know one has to be a poorly educated, illiterate fool to vote for any Republican.

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  • 4 months ago

    No because people of all backgrounds should have the right to participate in democracy 

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    No. Don't be so cruel; Republicans should be able to vote too.

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Yes of course no condom style

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Nope poll tests have been declared unconstitutional by the courts op. Liberal fascism on display.

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    It is by default, you have to be able to read the ballot.

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  • BOOM
    Lv 5
    4 months ago

    First you'd have to have an official language and the US has none.

    • Henry4 months agoReport

      Unofficially it's English and trying to discredit that fact is ridiculous. 

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  • Jay
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    It already is.­

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