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Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s
Slate ^ | June 28, 2013

Posted on 06/29/2013 6:30:34 PM PDT by Wellington VII

This week’s 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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KEYWORDS: ballotlanguage; democratscandals; disenfranchisedvoter; howtostealanelection
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1 posted on 06/29/2013 6:30:34 PM PDT by Wellington VII
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To: Wellington VII

That test is trivially easy. Seriously.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 6:34:19 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Wellington VII

That was bad.

Real bad.


3 posted on 06/29/2013 6:35:36 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Wellington VII

I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 6:36:47 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Wellington VII

Not much different from what a gun purchaser has to go through to exercise his second amendment rights


5 posted on 06/29/2013 6:37:48 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Wellington VII

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.

/spit


6 posted on 06/29/2013 6:38:09 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Wellington VII

That was an interesting test.


7 posted on 06/29/2013 6:38:11 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: johniegrad

I think voters should have to read the HC Law enacted by Obama and SB744.


8 posted on 06/29/2013 6:38:34 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: piytar

> 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?


9 posted on 06/29/2013 6:39:28 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Wellington VII

I didn’t have much problem with the test. But I do possess reading comprehension.


10 posted on 06/29/2013 6:39:59 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: Wellington VII
Was that supposed to be difficult?

Then again, Gen-x/y/z probably could not handle it, their ADD would kick in.

11 posted on 06/29/2013 6:40:03 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: piytar
That test is trivially easy. Seriously.

If you were a Black person in Louisiana in the 1960s, it might not be so easy. The Democrats did an amazing job of keeping Blacks suppressed.
12 posted on 06/29/2013 6:40:22 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Wellington VII

Some of the questions are pretty screwy and require some thought but that’s a good thing in my opinion.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 6:40:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Wellington VII

Anyone who could not get 100% on that test should not be voting.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 6:41:07 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: af_vet_rr

I suspect it had just as much to do with who was grading the tests.


15 posted on 06/29/2013 6:41:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Westbrook

A line around a letter is technically a box.


16 posted on 06/29/2013 6:41:35 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: magna carta

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?


17 posted on 06/29/2013 6:41:35 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Wellington VII

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.


18 posted on 06/29/2013 6:41:48 PM PDT by impimp
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To: Wellington VII

Heh, it was sure a different country 50 years ago.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 6:42:04 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: johniegrad

>> 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.


20 posted on 06/29/2013 6:42:11 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Wellington VII

Tests should always be given. It’s outrageous how we allow so many ignorant and stupid people to vote, especially when they’re on welfare instead of paying taxes.


21 posted on 06/29/2013 6:42:21 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: impimp

I’m worried for you if you couldn’t get a passing score on that test in 5 minutes, let alone 10.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 6:43:25 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Wellington VII
The writer does know that by 1964 the Louisiana Governor and state senate were all controlled by RATS for over 20+ years up to, and beyond that point?
23 posted on 06/29/2013 6:43:33 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

>> Not much different from what a gun purchaser has to go through to exercise his second amendment rights

PROFOUND STATEMENT.


24 posted on 06/29/2013 6:44:11 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Wellington VII

So, what’re your thoughts on this?


25 posted on 06/29/2013 6:44:36 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Westbrook

>> How do you draw a line around a letter?

You draw a curved line.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 6:45:23 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Wellington VII

one hundred years ago a literacy question for blacks was...”How many bubbles are there in a bar of soap?”


27 posted on 06/29/2013 6:45:53 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: johniegrad

then they shouldn’t have to register for the draft, either.


28 posted on 06/29/2013 6:46:18 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: impimp

Easy answers to screwy questions.


29 posted on 06/29/2013 6:46:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

>> I suspect it had just as much to do with who was grading the tests.

Yeah, that’s the real issue. There are enough places where a grader with a mind to mess with the test-taker could do so, easily.


30 posted on 06/29/2013 6:46:45 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Wellington VII

Ah, the ‘non sequitur uber alles’ technique...

Liberal propgandists love it.


31 posted on 06/29/2013 6:47:13 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: johniegrad
I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.

The result of fools being allowed to vote is clearly evident: Obama.

Tom Tancredo was right when he spoke at the 2010 Tea Party Convention in Nashville about the need for a literacy test. Personally, I'm more hard line than Tancredo, favoring voting only for military members and property owners. A careful reading of the intent of the Founding Fathers reveals that the voting free-for-all that we have now is just plain wrong.

32 posted on 06/29/2013 6:48:14 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: impimp

If the original poster chimes in, I’ll agree with you.


33 posted on 06/29/2013 6:48:32 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Westbrook

It’s the south so...it’s powerful bad.


34 posted on 06/29/2013 6:48:41 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Wellington VII

The test says that anyone with a 5th grade education is excused from taking the test. I can see how this test would be impossible for someone who lacked the equivalent reading comprehension. Maybe that’s why we don’t let 5th graders vote.


35 posted on 06/29/2013 6:48:45 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: johniegrad

“I wonder what we gain by having illiterate people vote.”


Communism.


36 posted on 06/29/2013 6:48:52 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Jim Noble

Ok. So. Write forwards, backwards.

What is your answer?


37 posted on 06/29/2013 6:49:43 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: af_vet_rr

I once worked as a claims rep for the Social Security Adm.

I was trying to establish the age of an old Black guy who was filing. He said he had attended grammar school in Mississippi.

This would have been around the 1910-15 era. I checked and saw that school records for Mississippi Black schools were available so ordered several. I was frankly amazed at the quality of the records. They were excellent.


38 posted on 06/29/2013 6:50:35 PM PDT by yarddog (Just another pretty face.)
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To: Jim Noble

I would bet a lot of money (if only there was a way to prove it) that less than half of America could take the test and get none of it wrong.


39 posted on 06/29/2013 6:50:59 PM PDT by sakic
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To: Wellington VII

I only looked at the first 10 or so questions. They struck me as not very hard but really strange.


40 posted on 06/29/2013 6:52:06 PM PDT by yarddog (Just another pretty face.)
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To: SoothingDave

sdrawrof

Next?


41 posted on 06/29/2013 6:52:12 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Westbrook

Draw a curve. It is implied by the word “around.”


42 posted on 06/29/2013 6:52:36 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Wellington VII

Good thing the test isn’t in cursive. I would never pass.


43 posted on 06/29/2013 6:52:49 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: johniegrad

Some of the questions were unfair. Check # 29. What if one was dyslexic? A valid ID seems like childs’ play.


44 posted on 06/29/2013 6:53:27 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Lancey Howard
it was sure a different country 50 years ago.

And the cures for our social ills were much worse than the problems. Yes?

45 posted on 06/29/2013 6:54:11 PM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: af_vet_rr

Fair enough. Not much different from today, too.


46 posted on 06/29/2013 6:54:12 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Jim Noble

Spell backwards, forwards.

Sorry, i misquoted the test. Please answer.


47 posted on 06/29/2013 6:54:24 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: sakic

>> I would bet a lot of money (if only there was a way to prove it) that less than half of America could take the test and get none of it wrong.

And after the last twenty years or so, I’m BEYOND willing to believe that less than half of America ought to be voting. :-)

Anyway, did I miss the passing score part? What sort of score did you need to pass this thing? I’ll go back and look.


48 posted on 06/29/2013 6:54:27 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Interesting test...the problem I have with it, it is a 10 minute test and one wrong answer out of 30 you fail... .967 % success rate is a failure ???

My guess quite a few intelligent people could easily get one answer wrong in the rush to make sure they finished in under ten minutes...20 seconds per answer...

I can only imagine a large percent any adult person in the 60's not passing this test..black or not...having white skin doesn't automatically make one "smart"

49 posted on 06/29/2013 6:54:49 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I don’t remember the passage in the Constitution where it states that a test score of 100% on any test being required as a qualification to vote. Perhaps you could point that passage out to me.


50 posted on 06/29/2013 6:54:50 PM PDT by sakic
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