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2013-06-28 05:32:31 PM
7 votes:
Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.
2013-06-28 05:59:21 PM
6 votes:
I don't know I kind of like this idea. Maybe would could cut out some of these no talent ass clowns that keep getting reelected, because they promise "free" stuff.
2013-06-28 05:54:08 PM
5 votes:
The only winning move is not to play.
2013-06-28 06:09:32 PM
4 votes:

netweavr: The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.


You're starting to understand.  The person grading might miss an error by a white voter while making sure to find any technical error by a black voter.  It's not the test, it's the grader.
2013-06-28 06:06:47 PM
4 votes:
I'm a little annoyed with this particular post, history under Rebecca Onion being one of the very few things  Slate has done competently lately. And, in fact, until now, it's been GREAT.

But the  Slate post links to a page on the Civil Rights Movement Veteran webpage which contains  this page which in turn contains two links. One, marked "circa 1964?" is the one shown in the article. Here's what it looks like:

s18.postimg.org

The other link is marked "circa 1963" (note, no "?") and looks like this:

s22.postimg.org

Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?

Now, literacy tests existed. Tests about the Constitution, etc., existed. And they were used in exactly the way you'd think--there's no controversy about that whatsoever. But it's entirely possible that the thing shown in this  Slate article isn't even a transcription of a real document--it smells a bit wrong, and (argument from authority alert) I'm a twentieth-century American historian. It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.

So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked, all of a sudden the AM radio dial is going to light up with people talking about how  blacks never had any trouble voting AT ALL, and the VRA was just those damn liberals trying to mess with honest folks' constitutional rights, etc. etc.
2013-06-28 09:54:43 PM
3 votes:

12349876: It's not just that, it's who takes the test. In this situation, if you could prove you had a fifth grade education you didn't have to take it. They probably found a way to make black schools not count or something like that.


Back in the days when my parents went to school (1940's - 1950's) in North Carolina, blacks had two issues (out of many) against them where education was concerned... one, the males frequently didn't finish high school (some didn't even get through junior high/middle school) because if you were big enough and old enough, work came first. As long as you could count, do subtraction, addition, multiplication and division and sign your name, you were deemed ready for the workforce and were expected to participate.

Women were expected to stay in school just long enough to find someone to marry. Even so, the ratio of female to male HS grads was almost 8 to 1.

The second issue was that the whites didn't want their schools compared to the segregated schools where blacks went. The local school my parents went to was called "Anson County Training School", not "High School". They got the books and furniture after the whites were finished with them from the school down the road and across the tracks, and their curriculum was up to three years behind. It was renamed in 1960, but the original name was carved into the bricks where it stayed until it was closed in the 80's. Only the gym remains of the original building, used for storage now. The rest is now a church.

Parts of "Evil Dead 2" were filmed in the abandoned school building and around Wadesboro, NC.
/csb
2013-06-28 09:53:47 PM
3 votes:

To The Escape Zeppelin!: That sucks as a voter literacy test but it isn't that hard. It's like one of those critical thinking exercises you got in school.


It's actually impossible to pass if you're black, because several of the questions have multiple possible answers, and therefore the white registrar can choose which one is the "real" answer and say you failed because you picked the wrong one.
2013-06-28 08:20:34 PM
3 votes:
mithras_angel: Unless they intend for you to solve it using non-Euclidean geometry.

But that would be mad.

"He had said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours."
2013-06-28 07:26:19 PM
3 votes:
And if that test were made a part if a new "anti-voter fraud" law passed in a red state today, there would be legions of people rushing to post "what's so hard  about passing a test to vote? I had to pass a test to pass 4th grade/get a driver's license, etc "
2013-06-28 06:55:18 PM
3 votes:

semiotix: So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked,


Here's a link to Alabama's test in 1965 as part of a civics education program.  Whether the test FTFA is accurate or not it's pretty obvious that these tests were used as a barrier to voting rights, not to protect voting legitimacy.

Warning: .pdf link  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/us/july-dec08/ a labamatest.pdf

/if I were a teacher my class would be doing this project
2013-06-28 06:08:23 PM
3 votes:

ongbok: I guess in the questions that asked to draw a line around something he would determine if drawing a circle around it, or something else, that whatever the prospective voter didn't do was the correct response.


FTFY.
2013-06-28 06:02:54 PM
3 votes:

To The Escape Zeppelin!: That sucks as a voter literacy test but it isn't that hard. It's like one of those critical thinking exercises you got in school.


You have to do all of that, in 10 minutes, with no mistakes and under pressure.  There's a decent amount of questions there, they're worded awkwardly at best and the end looks super tedious.  There's no way the pass rate would be even 50%, especially if the test giver doesn't want you to pass.
2013-06-28 06:02:53 PM
3 votes:
1. Draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence.

I assume this one is supposed to make you run out the clock, while you scratch your head, saying WTF.
2013-06-28 06:02:18 PM
3 votes:
As illustrated by the last election, nobody should be allowed to vote unless they are 35 or in the military.
2013-06-28 06:01:20 PM
3 votes:
Clearly the answer is to give the government more power, rather than less, over our daily personal and commercial activities.
2013-06-28 05:58:55 PM
3 votes:

NotoriousW.O.P: Yes. Then again, I'm white.


Ooooh, I get it now. They don't grade them by looking at your answers.
2013-06-28 05:58:06 PM
3 votes:

Intrepid00: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.

Where is the answer key so I can see how smart or how farked I would be.


Are you white, and can you tell the difference between a rooster symbol, a donkey symbol and an elephant symbol?

If so, congratulations, you've passed.
2013-06-28 05:51:22 PM
3 votes:
"...  a single wrong answer meant a failing grade. "  Major fail right there.
2013-06-28 11:48:55 PM
2 votes:

prjindigo: I'd have to say that more than half the white population in 1964 would not have passed it.  There are several grammatical doozies that invalidate their own instructions.
Fav "Spell backwards, forwards."

When you're told to "spell" something it is to say it out loud.  The correct answer to this is "b a c k w a r d s" but I figure half of you would have printed "f o r w a r d s".    "Spell backwards; forwards." is the question to the second answer.

A lot of complex instructions and quite probably a very useful test with effective results.  They wanted only fully educated blacks to vote.


Yes... The entire point of the test is to make multiple answers possible so that the person grading the test could decide if you passed based upon more, uh, visible traits. Besides, I'm not sure is Louisiana is one of those states that did, but many states had an easy and hard version of the tests - again, the poll worker decides which test you get. This had absolutely nothing to do with wanting only educated people voting.
2013-06-28 09:43:49 PM
2 votes:
People who think they are qualified to say who should or shouldn't be allowed to vote shouldn't be allowed to vote.
2013-06-28 09:32:23 PM
2 votes:

ongbok: I guess in the questions that asked to draw a line around something he would determine if drawing a circle around it, or something else, was the correct response.


Whatever you answer, it's the other way.
2013-06-28 09:06:13 PM
2 votes:
Dear Louisiana and other pigfarker states:
Because you have things like this in your history, you're not allowed to complain about being single out by the VRA.  You've already proven you can't play nicely, and so must have a nanny make sure you don't act like the racist farkwads we all know you are.

The reason things have gotten better in the past 50 years is because nanny has been watching you, not because you'd suddenly stopped being pigfarkers.
2013-06-28 07:44:03 PM
2 votes:

Duke_leto_Atredes: i am for testing all people before we let them vote, why oh why do we care what idiots want?

make a test (this has to be more dificult than the GED please) no pass no vote have it taken on a computer in a proctered testing center.

1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court
2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president
3) what does seperation of powers mean?
4) why is jury duty important
5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe
6) what is the role of the federal reserve
7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US
8) who founded the postal service


You might want to edit your post or reconsider whether you are eligible to vote.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-28 07:43:50 PM
2 votes:
1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court

The three conservatives, the conservative racial quota, the liberal racial quota, the swing vote, and the three liberals.

2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president

The mouth, the conservative partisan leader, the liberal partisan leader, and radioactive dust.

3) what does seperation of powers mean?

The people have the right to complain when one branch usurps power from another.

4) why is jury duty important

Juries lend an element of surprise to timing of street riots, and when televised jury trials can be great entertainment.

5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe

The president, subject to notification to Congress and a 30 day time limit, unless the President declares the war to be a minor police action or you're a pre-Cold War constitutionalist nitpicker.

6) what is the role of the federal reserve

Its obscure announcements provide an opportunity for talking heads to sound intelligent.

7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US

The street gang.

8) who founded the postal service

Some pony lover.
2013-06-28 06:54:16 PM
2 votes:

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Voter turnout for the 2012 primaries in most states was under 20% (per elections.gmu.edu)


In a number of states you're not allowed to vote in a primary unless you're registered with that party.
2013-06-28 06:41:43 PM
2 votes:
I actually think a test before being able to vote would be a great thing; but it shouldn't be designed to test someone's reading comprehension...it should be about the most basic issues that are relevant for whatever election is happening.  If you can't correctly identify 3/5 political stances of the person you are voting for....should you really be voting?

I firmly believe this push we have for 'everyone' to vote is the worst possible thing you could do.  It's not about race or education - I have a master's degree - but I don't follow politics.  I haven't studied political science or economics or law or anything else that might be important for our elected officials.  Oh sure - I want 'more jobs' and 'less taxes' and 'more freedom' and 'lower crime' - but so does everyone else.  Not only do I not have any idea on *how* to get those things, I don't follow politics enough to even summarize the issues, much less how different politicians stand on them.

I have no business voting.  So I don't.

But I have so many friends who are as clueless (or more so) - who don't just vote; but strongly identify with a political group and encourage others to vote.  Most often, you can identify someone like this from their Facebook wall.

Oh well - it'll never happen.
2013-06-28 06:29:02 PM
2 votes:

semiotix: I'm a little annoyed with this particular post, history under Rebecca Onion being one of the very few things  Slate has done competently lately. And, in fact, until now, it's been GREAT.

But the  Slate post links to a page on the Civil Rights Movement Veteran webpage which contains  this page which in turn contains two links. One, marked "circa 1964?" is the one shown in the article. Here's what it looks like:

[s18.postimg.org image 488x365]

The other link is marked "circa 1963" (note, no "?") and looks like this:

[s22.postimg.org image 386x359]

Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?

Now, literacy tests existed. Tests about the Constitution, etc., existed. And they were used in exactly the way you'd think--there's no controversy about that whatsoever. But it's entirely possible that the thing shown in this  Slate article isn't even a transcription of a real document--it smells a bit wrong, and (argument from authority alert) I'm a twentieth-century American historian. It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.

So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked, all of a sudden the AM radio dial is going to light up with people talking about how  blacks never had any trouble voting AT ALL, and the VRA was just those damn liberals trying to mess with honest folks' constitutional rights, etc. etc.


The one from 1963 appears to be typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter with the Italics ball.
2013-06-28 06:27:04 PM
2 votes:

Anderson's Pooper: My proposed test for the 2012 Presidential Election

1.  Are you planning on voting for Romney because Obama is black?

2.  Are you planning to vote for Obama because he will give you a phone?

If you answer "Yes" to either of the above you shouldn't be allowed to vote.


1. No, I voted for Obama because Romney's a damn fool.

2. I didn't need a free phone from the government because I wanted a cooler one for myself, so I bought my own.

Now, a question for you: Do you think that sucking up to your rich Republican overlords will get you a blowjob from them?
2013-06-28 06:25:45 PM
2 votes:

Johnson: How does one "1.  draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence" when they ask you to "circle" something later on?  (examples #4 and #5 are good...)

If you circle the "1." you fail because you did not follow the directions, you drew a circle, not a line.
If you draw a line THROUGH it you fail because you were supposed to draw that line AROUND it.
If you draw a square around it, you fail because you drew a square, not a line.

/no voting for you no matter what you put down.
//repeat WarGames reference mentioned already


This is the answer to your question
FTA

The (white) registrar would be the ultimate judge of whether an answer was correct.

My guess is that he would determine if circling something that called for you to draw a line around it was correct. And as somebody already said in response to my above post regarding the question, the registrar would determine that whatever the prospective voter didn't dowas the correct response.  Which I probably believe was more than likely the case.
2013-06-28 06:19:29 PM
2 votes:
How does one "1.  draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence" when they ask you to "circle" something later on?  (examples #4 and #5 are good...)

If you circle the "1." you fail because you did not follow the directions, you drew a circle, not a line.
If you draw a line THROUGH it you fail because you were supposed to draw that line AROUND it.
If you draw a square around it, you fail because you drew a square, not a line.

/no voting for you no matter what you put down.
//repeat WarGames reference mentioned already
2013-06-28 06:17:47 PM
2 votes:
My proposed test for the 2012 Presidential Election

1.  Are you planning on voting for Romney because Obama is black?

2.  Are you planning to vote for Obama because he will give you a phone?

If you answer "Yes" to either of the above you shouldn't be allowed to vote.
2013-06-28 06:12:38 PM
2 votes:

thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.
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Seriously, get a life.

If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.
2013-06-28 06:09:18 PM
2 votes:
Oh please, most people on Fark don't even read linked articles, much less possess the reading comprehension to pass a test.
2013-06-28 05:57:27 PM
2 votes:
I failed on Q10.  Could somebody please restore my voting rights?

So this was test was required only for people who hadn't progressed beyond fifth grade?

I guess they had a target audience.  Sickening.
2013-06-28 05:55:58 PM
2 votes:
Yes. Then again, I'm white.
2013-06-28 05:54:47 PM
2 votes:
The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.
2013-06-28 05:49:20 PM
2 votes:
WTF?  What am I reading here?
2013-06-29 07:48:07 AM
1 votes:
This test was never meant to be answered correctly. The trick of it is that the questions are worded so vaguely that the test administrators could pass whoever they want (whites) and fail whoever they want (blacks), with the Feds none the wiser. Note that the test also is written in such a way that it must be graded by hand. That way, if any Damned Yankees came snooping around, demanding to know why no blacks in Louisiana were voting, Louisiana administrators could just shrug their shoulders and say "No blacks passed the literacy test. But we gave the exact same test to both blacks and whites!" And nobody would be any the wiser.
2013-06-29 02:04:31 AM
1 votes:

Dman33: How in the world could one draw a LINE AROUND something? A LINE?? Unpossible!


It didn't say a straight line.  A circle is still a line.
2013-06-29 01:34:33 AM
1 votes:

Zemog: If you lack the life skills to acquire a photo ID, we're all better off without your vote.


unless you are elderly, born in a rural area where record keeping was spotty at best and the records aren't available. or you don't drive and the photo ID office is open on alternate wednesdays from 1-3 PM only and located in bumfark, yourstate. or they require a $50 processing fee for each of the three documents you need and it as to be cash only. and form one requires a single $50, form two requires 2 $20 and a ten and form three requires ten fives. oh you didn't know that? please come back next wednesday. oh that's a holiday the wednesday after that.
2013-06-29 12:51:40 AM
1 votes:

willfullyobscure: ANSEWER KEY FOR DA PEOPILS DAT FINK DIS IS A HARD TEST HURRRR

1) draw a line around, but do not close, either the word number or the word letter


BZZ, wrong.  The "number or letter of the line" is the "1".  Circle that ... ignoring that a circle is not a "line".

29)every word THIS line Print THIRD in line

BZZ, wrong.
"every word this line PRINT third in line,
OTHER THIS AND THIRD SAME"
is the answer we are looking for, assuming "original type" is the every-other clause, and "first line ended at comma" is instructions for the answer and not some wacky irrelevant description of the line above.

Honestly #29 isn't even a grammatical sentence or even a grammatical phrase.

Either way, you don't get to vote.  (It doesn't even matter if your answers are equally legitimate alternate answers, it's the registrar who decides which way is "right"....after looking at your skin.)
2013-06-29 12:01:35 AM
1 votes:
Better than the new voter test.

"Will you vote for Obama?" here is your ballot, illegal alien, guy who voted 6 times already, and dead person.
2013-06-28 11:56:22 PM
1 votes:

meat0918: I farking hate racists.


Don't fark them then, find someone else.
2013-06-28 10:51:43 PM
1 votes:

trappedspirit: pjkraatz: Hint: Drawing a circle around the number "1" is an automatic fail.  That's a circle, not a line.

There's more than one usage for the word "line".  Maybe you should go play draw a line


Forget the line bit; what does "the letter or number of this sentence" mean? I can think of a number of different answers, and so if I wanted to fail someone, all I'd have to do is claim that an answer they didn't pick was the right one.
2013-06-28 10:38:53 PM
1 votes:
I was waiting for the question where they tell you to write the name of your favorite candidate and draw a line through the first vowel in the alphabet coming after m appearing in the candidate's name.
2013-06-28 10:10:50 PM
1 votes:

knowless: Yes, that shiat is easy... Seriously, if you are "befuddled" then you are dumb.


You sound white.

/ambiguously worded questions whose "correct" answer is at the sole discretion of the (white male) grader
//most of the people taking the test were black
///test-takers needed to answer all 30 questions correctly within ten minutes in order to be allowed to vote, as running out of time or getting even one "wrong" answer meant failure
////these tests were happening in the deep south in an era when drinking fountains looked like this:
blog.ericharmatz.com
and drinking from the wrong sprout was an arrestable offense
2013-06-28 10:04:08 PM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.


LOL!
Both political parties DEPEND on these kind of voters to support their agenda.

Divide and conquer you dumb partisan dickwads.
2013-06-28 09:33:14 PM
1 votes:

patentguy: It's not the test, it's the grader.


It's not the votes that count, it's who's counting the votes.
2013-06-28 09:25:02 PM
1 votes:

12349876: patentguy: netweavr: The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.

You're starting to understand.  The person grading might miss an error by a white voter while making sure to find any technical error by a black voter.  It's not the test, it's the grader.

It's not just that, it's who takes the test.  In this situation, if you could prove you had a fifth grade education you didn't have to take it.  They probably found a way to make black schools not count or something like that.


Probably applied the 3/5ths rule: a black's 5th grade edumakation is equal to a white boy's 3rd grade edumakation.
2013-06-28 09:14:59 PM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.


Good lord you're a horrible human being.
2013-06-28 09:09:40 PM
1 votes:
Question 1 - "Are you white?"

[Y] turn this questionnaire in to the registrar and proceed to the voting booth
[N} come back tomorrow
2013-06-28 08:55:35 PM
1 votes:
MagicBoris:
I think the answer is to circle either the word "number" or the word "letter".

bzzzzzt.
FAIL
You were asked to draw a LINE around it.  Not a circle.
no vote for you!
2013-06-28 08:49:57 PM
1 votes:
Was anyone confused by this test?  I mean besides subby.  Does anyone feel that one particular political party has intelligence issues and would be disenfranchised by this test?
2013-06-28 08:49:03 PM
1 votes:

BolshyGreatYarblocks: I strongly suspect that the correct answer is "Nigra Nigra Nigra!!!"


Yea, I think the only correct answer is to write "I'm White" at the top of the test.
2013-06-28 08:42:52 PM
1 votes:
Here's how it really went down, regardless of what the actual test was.

Step 1: Fill out your answers
Step 2: Hand them to the white male 'test checker', who will evaluate your test.
Step 3: Test checker looks at you. If you are a white male, go to step 5.
Step 4: You failed the test. No, they won't tell you which one you missed. No, you can't have the test back. Test checker calls security.
Step 5: Congratulations, you passed!
2013-06-28 08:27:38 PM
1 votes:
One wrong answer to fail and questions that are open to interpretation.... such as 'draw a cross' Well what sort of cross? Draw any type and the grader says it was supposed to be a different type. Automatic fail.

Why can't people see the same nonsense happening today in many things government does?
2013-06-28 08:22:59 PM
1 votes:
Christ, this looks like bad early 90's software copy protection.
2013-06-28 07:58:23 PM
1 votes:

HypnozombieX: Study it real hard if you live in a red state, and you happen to be some kind of minority. Given the recent Supreme Court decision I think you can expect to see it real soon. Since their always whining about voting being a privilege rather than a right.

2013-06-28 07:55:38 PM
1 votes:
 Study it real hard if you live in a red state. Given the recent Supreme Court decision I think you can expect to see it real soon. Since their always whining about voting being a privilege rather than a right.
2013-06-28 07:43:54 PM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.


Humm. This is the test that my native state employed to deny its black citizens access to the ballot box when I was a child. Glad you find it amusing.

I understand English is the third language of the young woman you are mocking. How many of the good white folk Louisiana deemed clever enough to bypass this idiotic exercise do you suppose spoke three languages?
2013-06-28 07:42:25 PM
1 votes:
I bet that "Paris in the the spring" would get a lot of people.
2013-06-28 07:37:11 PM
1 votes:
i am for testing all people before we let them vote, why oh why do we care what idiots want?

make a test (this has to be more dificult than the GED please) no pass no vote have it taken on a computer in a proctered testing center.

1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court
2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president
3) what does seperation of powers mean?
4) why is jury duty important
5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe
6) what is the role of the federal reserve
7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US
8) who founded the postal service
2013-06-28 07:29:12 PM
1 votes:

Anderson's Pooper: JAGChem82: Anderson's Pooper: My proposed test for the 2012 Presidential Election

1.  Are you planning on voting for Romney because Obama is black?

2.  Are you planning to vote for Obama because he will give you a phone?

If you answer "Yes" to either of the above you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

1. No, I voted for Obama because Romney's a damn fool.

2. I didn't need a free phone from the government because I wanted a cooler one for myself, so I bought my own.

Now, a question for you: Do you think that sucking up to your rich Republican overlords will get you a blowjob from them?

Read #1 again.  If you answer "Yes" you are a racist twit who shouldn't be voting.  The test is designed to eliminate single issue numbskulls who don't think past 1.  Don't vote for the black guy and 2. Vote only for the guy who will give you the most stuff.

As for the blowjob, I'll take 'em where I can get 'em.


You must be the densest person alive. Do you criticize trailer dwelling white hayseeds whey they vote for Romney because "I ain't voting' for that thar nigra Hoosein!" No, because as they're on "your team" and you need them to be useful idiots for your vote count.

Besides, in 2004, blacks voted about 91% for Kerry, probably the pastiest white guy EVER to run for president. We didn't write in Jesse or Al at 91%, did we.

Lastly, they ain't giving you a BJ anytime soon. Maybe a sympathy tug at best.
2013-06-28 07:27:28 PM
1 votes:

lordargent: Johnson: It is quite simple:
Put your pencil point down at any spot around the selected object.
While applying light pressure, draw a line AROUND the object.
Lift pencil.

A line is a straight one dimensional figure with no width that extends to infinity. From a geometrical standpoint, it is technically impossible.


Unless they intend for you to solve it using non-Euclidean geometry.
2013-06-28 07:21:40 PM
1 votes:

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: So much nicer not registering to vote. I never have to worry about things I can't change anyway.


I'm pretty sure that's the GOP motto.
2013-06-28 07:19:03 PM
1 votes:
100% designed to Dq the majority black voters at the time plain and simple.
2013-06-28 07:04:33 PM
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Johnson: It is quite simple:
Put your pencil point down at any spot around the selected object.
While applying light pressure, draw a line AROUND the object.
Lift pencil.


A line is a straight one dimensional figure with no width that extends to infinity. From a geometrical standpoint, it is technically impossible.

You can't draw a line around something because a line has no curvature (unless you're warping the fabric of space).

// I mean, if you really want to get technical, you can't even draw a line (only the representation of one) since a line extends to infinity.

// If you want to get pedantic, you can draw a line segment (which a layman will generally call a "line").
2013-06-28 06:44:19 PM
1 votes:

JAGChem82: Anderson's Pooper: My proposed test for the 2012 Presidential Election

1.  Are you planning on voting for Romney because Obama is black?

2.  Are you planning to vote for Obama because he will give you a phone?

If you answer "Yes" to either of the above you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

1. No, I voted for Obama because Romney's a damn fool.

2. I didn't need a free phone from the government because I wanted a cooler one for myself, so I bought my own.

Now, a question for you: Do you think that sucking up to your rich Republican overlords will get you a blowjob from them?


Read #1 again.  If you answer "Yes" you are a racist twit who shouldn't be voting.  The test is designed to eliminate single issue numbskulls who don't think past 1.  Don't vote for the black guy and 2. Vote only for the guy who will give you the most stuff.

As for the blowjob, I'll take 'em where I can get 'em.
2013-06-28 06:42:25 PM
1 votes:
Smelly Pirate Hooker:

So we don't really need literacy tests and laws requiring picture ID to depress non-white voting.

If you lack the life skills to acquire a photo ID, we're all better off without your vote.
2013-06-28 06:33:43 PM
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mithras_angel:

Or, just go for the shorter route...  Only repost the things from JWP that aren't idiotic.

Saves quite a lot of time.


Or just do like I did a long time ago and make him one of 3 troll assholes on permanent ignore.... So I don't have to see you idiots blathering about him all farking day long.
2013-06-28 06:30:54 PM
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Krieghund: thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.
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Seriously, get a life.

If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.


Or, just go for the shorter route...  Only repost the things from JWP that aren't idiotic.

Saves quite a lot of time.
2013-06-28 06:22:16 PM
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NutWrench: 1. Draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence.

I assume this one is supposed to make you run out the clock, while you scratch your head, saying WTF.


Obviously, you're not from Louisiana. Neither am I, but I worked in Baton Rouge for a time.
This question makes perfect sense; it just needs to be translated. Google doesn't have a Bayou to English translator yet, but that shouldn't stop you. Stuff 8-10 marbles in your mouth, and then read the sentence aloud. "wawawineawouhahumbaoweddauhisentens."
As anyone who's ever spent time in Baton Rouge can tell you, that means, "circle the number 1 that's next to this sentence.
2013-06-28 06:21:47 PM
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patentguy: netweavr: The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.

You're starting to understand.  The person grading might miss an error by a white voter while making sure to find any technical error by a black voter.  It's not the test, it's the grader.


It's not just that, it's who takes the test.  In this situation, if you could prove you had a fifth grade education you didn't have to take it.  They probably found a way to make black schools not count or something like that.
2013-06-28 06:21:39 PM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.


Relevance? Or do you just take any opportunity you can to take a swipe at people you think are beneath you?
2013-06-28 06:21:23 PM
1 votes:
Literacy test?

I was told there'd be no math.
2013-06-28 06:15:22 PM
1 votes:
31. Draw a line under Principal Caught sayof school that has stoped Standandizedtest.
32. Circle the word before successful Hispanic kids Is He lying or not.
33. Draw a square, then write whether ACLU says yes, Star-Telegram Looking for chads -OR- "hello, I am kids not responsible and wait for again".
2013-06-28 06:13:23 PM
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semiotix: I'm a little annoyed with this particular post, history under Rebecca Onion being one of the very few things  Slate has done competently lately. And, in fact, until now, it's been GREAT.

But the  Slate post links to a page on the Civil Rights Movement Veteran webpage which contains  this page which in turn contains two links. One, marked "circa 1964?" is the one shown in the article. Here's what it looks like:

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The other link is marked "circa 1963" (note, no "?") and looks like this:

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Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?

Now, literacy tests existed. Tests about the Constitution, etc., existed. And they were used in exactly the way you'd think--there's no controversy about that whatsoever. But it's entirely possible that the thing shown in this  Slate article isn't even a transcription of a real document--it smells a bit wrong, and (argument from authority alert) I'm a twentieth-century American historian. It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.

So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked, all of a sudden the AM radio dial is going to light up with people talking about how  blacks never had any trouble voting AT ALL, and the VRA was just those damn liberals trying to mess with honest folks' constitutional rights, etc. etc.


Not saying it proves it to be real, but two seconds on Google finds the exact same document in print as a real test in "Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government , 2nd ed.", published byCengage Learning:

http://bit.ly/13cPgmN

That makes it a bit more believable than a random blog.
2013-06-28 06:09:47 PM
1 votes:
I failed #6. If there are three circles, using 'The other' implies but two circles.
2013-06-28 06:07:50 PM
1 votes:
One way that test could be worse would be if in the last instruction said "Now that you've read through all of the questions, do not answer any of the questions on this test, fold up the paper and hand it to the official."
2013-06-28 06:07:28 PM
1 votes:
Question #30: What is this I don't even.
2013-06-28 06:04:54 PM
1 votes:
Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.

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2013-06-28 05:59:14 PM
1 votes:
It's not that difficult, but I do logic puzzles for fun.
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2013-06-28 05:58:15 PM
1 votes:
Some of those seemed like a written version of a sobriety test, not a literacy test.

"Say the alphabet backwards."

"Z... A... Officer, I can't do this sober."
2013-06-28 05:54:59 PM
1 votes:
Oh yah, that wasn't racist. What the fark?
2013-06-28 05:52:42 PM
1 votes:

JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.


FTA: a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.
2013-06-28 05:48:52 PM
1 votes:
I think I would fail because I can't write that fast.
 
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