Try to pass a voter literacy test with questions from the Jim Crow era south. The 20 question test covers various aspects of American government.
You must receive a 90% or higher to pass. The test may be taken as many times as needed. Good Luck!
The literacy test was described as a tool to test voter competency, but in actuality it was an illegal ploy to deny African Americans the right to vote. Even if someone passed, the local voting official could wield a mirage of other options to ensure they didn't vote.
Since the Supreme Court gutted the voting rights act in 2013 over 22 states have passed laws with the intent to restrict voting. The discriminative barriers that once prevented millions of people from voting are back.
Today's fight is framed in the context of voter impersonation and protecting the integrity of voting. But it is a solution for problem that doesn't exist. There are less then 20 documented cases over the last 15 years of voter fraud, at a time when millions of people voted.
Remembering the battles of the recent past helps frame what is at stake today. For more information on the day to day fight visit the Brennan Law Center.
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