Interesting article. I wish he'd used a word like "uninformed" over ignorant, but I'm sure more people will click on it this way, so mission accomplished. I have absolutely no problem with having to pass a basic citizenship test for the right to vote. It will never, ever happen under any circumstances, but I'd be fine with it. One issue you'd have is even lower voter turnout if they told you that you had to take a test when you arrived at the polling stations. There would be some districts that would have canditates win 7-5 or something I'm sure. But interesting that they brought it up, and very good choice of author. Who can accuse the gay black dude of being racist/predjuice etc?
If I were to ask you to ingest an unknown medicine from someone who knew nothing about the medical field, you probably wouldn't do it. And I doubt many of us would feel comfortable as a shareholder in a company that asked people who knew nothing about business to hire its next CEO?
Yet we all know people who gleefully admit they know nothing about politics, don't have time to find out what the current issues are or even know how the government works, but go out and vote. Want to know why it seems Washington is run by a bunch of idiots? Blame this hiccup in our political system for starters. What's a solution? Weed out some of the ignorant by making people who want to vote first pass a test modeled on the one given to those who want to become citizens.
The Founding Fathers were not a bunch of average Joes with gripes about England; they were elite thinkers and philosophers. James Madison attended what is now Princeton. John Hancock went to Harvard. Thomas Jefferson enrolled at the College of William and Mary when he was 16. Today it seems the more education a candidate has, the harder he or she has to work to distance him or herself from it.
So how do we weed out ignorant voters without harking back to the days of poll taxes and Jim Crow? I would start by making the U.S. Naturalization Test -- given to immigrants who want to become citizens -- part of the voter registration process.