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Should Someone With No Understanding Of Politics Be Allowed To Vote?

And would testing the political knowledge of voters before they are allowed to vote be a good idea?

Yes

Side Score: 8
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No

Side Score: 7

To one party, all supporters of other parties (or Independents) clearly are not as well-versed in politics as the voters of that party.

So, at any time that this comes to be, whichever party the "third party" examining board which decides who can and cannot vote supports will end up only allowing majority of people through who show clear political preference for that party in their answers.

If you say 'prove it', well how can I prove it when it hasn't been done yet?

Side: Yes

I believe it is irrational to let these people vote, for the simple reason that we don't let non-doctors make medical decisions or non-soldiers make military decisions.

I don't propose anything even comparable to medical training of course, but I would definitely like to see some sort of basic testing regarding a person's understanding of politics. If people vote a certain way because of a misunderstanding of some kind, then is it not society's responsibility to correct that misunderstanding? If you believe not, then why is it society's responsibility to give them a vote?

Side: No
Amarel(2379) Disputed Banned
1 point

Do we allow non-doctors to choose their doctor? Of course we do. If you provided an honest test to politicians in office, you would find they are politically literate or their advisers are politically literate. A people must be able to hire the political specialists to represent them in areas they do not themselves understand. When the specialists can determine who gets to hire them, the pace of the advance of corruption is sure to increase.

Rather than making the role of politicians so important that only those deemed wise enough are allowed to vote, we should reduce the role of politics in our lives, thus reducing the damage done by an ignorant voting block.

Side: Yes
1 point

Do we allow non-doctors to choose their doctor? Of course we do.

OK, that's true.

If you provided an honest test to politicians in office, you would find they are politically literate or their advisers are politically literate.

1) I was very clear that I am talking about the political literacy of voters, not the political literacy of politicians.

2) Hitler was politically literate. That doesn't mean voting for him was a good idea.

A people must be able to hire the political specialists to represent them in areas they do not themselves understand.

But clearly they must be literate enough to know who is going to best represent them in the first place, otherwise your statement contradicts itself.

Side: No
1 point

That would be a good idea; maybe not an ewam but some sort of mandatory "class" for voters wich would explain the basics of politics: how a law is voted, hierarchy etc

Side: No
1 point

Hello N:

In this great country of ours, citizens HAVE rights.. They don't have 'em because they're smart.. They don't have 'em because they're white.. They don't have 'em because they're men. They have then because they're CITIZENS.

excon

Side: No
1 point

In this great country of ours, citizens HAVE rights.. They don't have 'em because they're smart.. They don't have 'em because they're white.. They don't have 'em because they're men. They have then because they're CITIZENS.

That is literally the argument of a spoiled child. I don't care if it destroys the world: I WANT IT!!

Side: Yes
excon(4399) Disputed
1 point

That is literally the argument of a spoiled child. I don't care if it destroys the world: I WANT IT!!

Hello again, N:

YES.. These are my RIGHTS, and I WANT them.. I FOUGHT for them.. I spilled my BLOOD for them. And, I DEMAND that I get to EXERCISE them.. You can call that whatever you like.. I call it being a patriotic American.

Your idea is VOTER SUPPRESSION pure and simple.. It's RIGHT WING as hell, and I frankly can't believe that you support it.. But, you never cease to surprise me.

excon

Side: No

You are arguing the other side than what you posted, excon.

Side: No
excon(4399) Clarified
2 points

Hello GL:

I might have.. Sometimes I mix up the clarify, dispute and support buttons.. Where did I do that?

You're NOT confused about my position, are you?? If so, let me be clear.. I'm against ANY kind of voter suppression.. I ALWAYS have been, and I ALWAYS will be.

excon

Side: Yes