Should uneducated people vote? This is not as simple question to answer. Functional democracy requires participation by the people. The people must chose their leaders in free and fair elections. This seems to have a fundamental unspoken assumption; namely that the people are qualified to select their leaders.
The law does impose some qualifications but minor ones at that. Those are age and citizenship requirements. There are also some disqualifying qualifications such as being a convicted felon. Notice that no where in that list is anything to do with intelligence.
This means that someone with no knowledge of the political process or any of the candidates who is only voting on a dare has an equal say to someone who has kept themselves completely informed throughout their life. Should this change; yes and no.
This is not an argument for changing the one person one vote system. This is also not an argument for a system that forces people to take and pass a test before they are allowed to vote. One vote each is fundamental to democracy, and a test would leave such potential for abuse and controversy as to be counter productive.
So, what is with the yes? Admittedly this is a bit of a dodge, but the yes refers to the ignorance of the voters. People should act proactively to remove that ignorance. Put another way, educate the people and/or allow them to educate themselves so they will no longer be ignorant.
What if people chose to intentionally keep themselves ignorant and then go vote? Hopefully there are not any people like that.
Want some advice? Do not be one of those uneducated voters, go educate yourself.
Hat tip for the video to http://www.debbieschlussel.com (http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2008/10/as_redd_foxx_wo.html).
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