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Ann Coulter: Give Literacy Tests to Voters

By    |   Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:26 PM

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Wednesday that implementing literacy tests to make people eligible to vote wouldn't be the worst idea.

During an appearance on "Fox & Friends," Coulter was asked if she was bothered by the fact that her vote means the same as one coming from someone who knows little to nothing about politics.

"More than I can say," Coulter said. "I just think it should be, well for one thing, a little more difficult to vote. There's nothing unconstitutional about literacy tests.

"Instead, we have ballots being given in 124 different languages. And I'm pretty sure Senate debates will not be taking place in Urdu. So what are they voting on?"

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Coulter sparred with fellow guest Nomiki Konst, the executive director of the Accountability Project.

"I would let Democrats do all of the vote theft they can get away with, but I would limit voting day to one 24-hour period," Coulter said.

Konst noted that literacy tests were outlawed by the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Addressing the problem of many Americans not knowing who their leaders are, she said the issue lies in the school system and a lack of civic education.

"Maybe we can check to see if they can name the vice president before letting them vote," Coulter countered. "As for more civic education, that usually means the 12 years of Chinese-style propaganda in public schools, which only means you are dumber than someone who has not gone to school."

The pair was then asked whether requiring all citizens to vote would be a solution, as it could potentially force people to become more educated on politics and who they are voting for. Coulter wasn't buying it.

"Is a completely ignorant voter better for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party? The Democratic Party," she said.

President Barack Obama recently asked whether voting should be mandatory, which caused an outcry from critics.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who entered the race for president on Monday, blasted Obama's endorsement of mandatory voting laws.

"Here's the point he refuses to point out or that he misses: Not voting is also a legitimate choice that some people make," Rubio said. "I wish more people would participate in politics, too, but that is their choice. That is the choice of living in a free society."

Meanwhile, a push to give back voting rights to convicted felons in states that outlaw it  is also causing discussion among lawmakers.

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