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Some people are not qualified to vote

Charley Najacht
Published: Thursday, October 18th, 2012

It’s getting to the point where some kind of voter qualification test should be administered before allowing just anyone to enter a voting booth with a ballot in their hands. Way back in feudal times, only landowners were allowed to vote. 
Then a democratic movement took place and we now have any able or disabled body allowed to vote in elections. That, in itself is a good thing, but it implies some responsibility on the part of the voter to be informed.
It’s interesting to note that during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1868. This amendment reaffirmed state and federal citizenship for all persons regardless of race, both born or naturalized in the United States.
The amendment further stated that no person was to be deprived of life, liberty or property without “due process of law” and that no person could be denied “equal protection of the laws.”

It’s getting to the point where some kind of voter qualification test should be administered before allowing just anyone to enter a voting booth with a ballot in their hands. Way back in feudal times, only landowners were allowed to vote. 

Then a democratic movement took place and we now have any able or disabled body allowed to vote in elections. That, in itself is a good thing, but it implies some responsibility on the part of the voter to be informed.

It’s interesting to note that during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1868. This amendment reaffirmed state and federal citizenship for all persons regardless of race, both born or naturalized in the United States.

The amendment further stated that no person was to be deprived of life, liberty or property without “due process of law” and that no person could be denied “equal protection of the laws.”

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Carl
October 18th, 2012 at 10:31am

"It’s getting to the point where some kind of voter qualification test should be administered before allowing just anyone to enter a voting booth with a ballot in their hands." "Just Anyone" must have a valid Photo ID per law. What "valid" reason would justify this?

Ken Davis
October 25th, 2012 at 07:46am

Voter ID helps prevent voter fraud. We present ID at numerous places to prove who we are, why not at the voting booth? Do we want illegals, dead people, people from the adjacent counties or states voting in our local elections? I see no reason not to provide ID, we do it else where for far less serious reasons.

Kelly Parker
November 4th, 2012 at 03:12am

Has there been any evidence of voter fraud in South Dakota? Uhh.... NO. Should we go back to the days of using literacy tests made up by the racist ruling class to determine if someone should be allowed to vote? Considering that many black people were given tests written in Chinese to suppress their rights and votes, I guess that's not such a great idea, either. Any law promoted with no basis that makes it more difficult for seniors, poor people, or any other social class to vote their conscience is morally wrong in our already morally corrupt democracy, where two wolves and a sheep vote on "What's for dinner?".

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