We’ve heard the horror stories about how unjust our voting system was before, but is there a chance that what we’ve come away with isn’t any better?
It seems clear that what we have now is far better than what we’ve had in the past. I mean, there was a time when, not just in practice, but codified in our laws whole swaths of people were written off as less than whole. We’ve made it past the days of arbitrarily applied “literacy” tests with the sole goal of controlling who was allowed to vote based on who it was anticipated that they would vote for. And yet, we still put qualifiers on who is and isn’t allowed to participate on election day. Why are the qualifiers we’ve placed now any better than the ones we’ve done in the past? Are there qualifiers that could be used that would encourage an informed voting population without unduly discriminating against any sect of society that has the expectation of representation? We attempt to answer all of these questions, so listen up, grab a beer, and enjoy.