“We must weed out ignorant Americans from the electorate”

Truly reprehensible WaPo oped from David Harsanyi:

Now, if voting is a consecrated rite of democracy, as liberals often argue, surely society can have certain minimal expectations for those participating. And if citizenship itself is as hallowed as Republicans argue, then surely the prospective voter can be asked to know just as much as the prospective citizen. Let’s give voters a test. The citizenship civics test will do just fine….

Of course, we also must remember the ugly history of poll taxes and other prejudicial methods that Americans used to deny black citizens their equal right to vote. Any effort to improve the quality of the voting public should ensure that all races, creeds, genders and sexual orientations and people of every socioeconomic background are similarly inhibited from voting when ignorant. For the good of our democratic institutions.

In the United States, all eligible citizens have an equal right to cast a vote which will be fairly and accurately counted. It is not up to people like Harsanyi to decide who knows enough (or whose English is good enough) to answer questions he’d like answered before he’d deem to give his equals the franchise.

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