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Ann Coulter Wants Voters Taking Literacy Tests

During the time of Jim Crow laws, literacy tests were used in an effort to stop black people from casting votes. While they are no longer used in the United States, Conservative pundit Ann Coulter called for the return of literacy tests to make it "more difficult to vote."

She shared this during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox & Friends." "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Coulter if she was annoyed that her vote was equal to that of a less-informed voter. Coulter responded by saying:

"More than I can say. 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?"

She then mocked Democrats saying she would allow them to do vote theft for 24 hours. Kilmeade responded by saying, "And let's build on this. If we want to build up civic education, what a great way to do it, to force people to understand what’s going on before we allow them to vote."

Coulter then shot back saying,"Well, that's fine, but until that happens, maybe we can check to see if they can name the vice president before letting them vote. And as for more civic education, that usually means 12 more years of the Chinese-style propaganda in public schools, which only means you are dumber that someone who has not gone to school."

Coulter said that it wasn't true that the 14th amendment and the 1965 Voting Rights Act had banned literacy tests. Yet, PBS states that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the 1965 Voting Rights Act could ban literary tests based upon the 14th Amendment. Nonetheless, it's more empowering to vote after doing your homework than to vote based on who you're told to vote for.

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