How many of our problems are caused by government, and by which kind of government? Take a little quiz…. (More)

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

What Reagan didn’t say is which party in government is the problem. His line is so familiar that it has come to be seen as ‘the truth’ by many of “We the People.” This quiz is designed to help you decide, based on information and facts, if you’d like to be more specific about which party is your problem.

For the sake of this quiz, you agree as a player that telling the truth matters and that facts matter. A good story may feel good but if it is lie, you’ve been conned. The real question is, “If facts matter, can you change your mind?”

A brief history of major voting laws:

The Fifteen Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1870) reads:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Nineteenth Amendment (1920)

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Twenty-fourth Amendment to the US Constitution (1964)

The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Voting Rights Act (1965)

The Act prohibits states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African-Americans from exercising the franchise. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, who had earlier signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the US Constitution (1970)

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

We have legislated and amended the Constitution to guarantee the right to vote to people of every race, women and 18 year olds. Still the right wing would like to disenfranchise as many people as possible with the latest twist on voting rights which is the surge of voter ID laws sweeping the country.

Voter ID Laws:

1. Which of the following groups might be disenfranchised through Voter ID Laws: Check all that apply:

____ College students

____ Minorities

____ Zombies

____ Elderly

____ Disabled

____ Gun Owners

____ Active Duty Military serving outside the US.

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2. Name the group of corporate members and primarily Republican politicians behind the current wave of voter suppression efforts.

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3. Do you know the status of legislation in your state? If not Rock The Vote has a map worth a click and a read. Hovering the cursor over your state will provide extra information.

4. Who pays for the Voter IDs if a law passes?

In Minnesota the answer is the taxpayers to the tune of $20 million.

5. Under Indiana’s voter suppression law guess the numbers who are denied the right to vote in each category:

____ All registered voters

____ Over 68 years old

____ African Americans

____ People 18 to 34 years old

____ People who earned less than $40K per year

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6. The House Majority leader of what state said this?

“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state….

Bonus points if you also know the leaders name.

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Voter ID Laws are a way to help suppress Democrat voters. That’s all they are and they need to be stopped. You can become more informed about your state at the Rock the Vote link. You can talk about this with your friends and neighbors and Fred..

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