Skip to comments.Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s
Posted on 06/29/2013 6:30:34 PM PDT by Wellington VII
This weeks Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a test or device to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a test, used in Louisiana in 1964.
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That test is trivially easy. Seriously.
That was bad.
I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.
Not much different from what a gun purchaser has to go through to exercise his second amendment rights
Oh, except for this one: “Try this one: Write every other word in this first line and print every third word in same line (original type smaller and first line ended at comma) but capitalize the fifth word that you write.”
But I notice that one is not on the image from the actual test. But of course these hacks would not make something up.
That was an interesting test.
I think voters should have to read the HC Law enacted by Obama and SB744.
> That test is trivially easy. Seriously.
How do you draw a line around a letter?
Isn’t a line the shortest path between two points?
I didn’t have much problem with the test. But I do possess reading comprehension.
Then again, Gen-x/y/z probably could not handle it, their ADD would kick in.
Some of the questions are pretty screwy and require some thought but that’s a good thing in my opinion.
Anyone who could not get 100% on that test should not be voting.
I suspect it had just as much to do with who was grading the tests.
A line around a letter is technically a box.
It’s far more likely that illiterate people are not productive enough to pay taxes than literate ones. How do we benefit by having people that do not pay taxes voting for measures or politicians who want to spend tax payer money?
That test is BS. It was hard to do in 10 minutes and even smart people can make a stupid mistake. Anyone who thinks that test is a good idea needs to get their mind right.
Heh, it was sure a different country 50 years ago.
>> I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.
If you take the meaning of “gain” loosely, we “gain” the realization that ANY primate can be elected pResident.
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