Each election cycle Republicans bring up the idea of Voter ID laws in an apparent attempt to suppress a portion of the voting populace that typically votes for the opposing party. On a Fox News broadcast this week, one host took the idea of voter suppression to another level.
Known as Jim Crow laws, African Americans fought an uphill battle in the United States following the end of the Civil War until 1965, ending with the signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson. What was labeled “literacy tests” were put in place, forcing people to pass a test in order to vote, knowing that uneducated African Americans wouldn’t be able to do so. During Monday’s episode of “Fox and Friends,” on Fox News, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck proposed passing a test in order to be allowed to vote.
While speaking about a recent Republican proposed bill that would require students to pass a citizenship test in order to graduate high school, Hasselback asked, “should you have to answer, I mean, the majority of these questions, if not by graduation of high school, but by the time you vote?” Fox News contributor Lorena Riffo-Jenson agreed, questioning, “how can you go into planning what the generation will do in the future if you’re not prepared and understanding where we have been.” Hasselback doubled down and agree with Riffo-Jenson, stating, “it’s a more meaningful measure when you vote perhaps too.”
Voting is a right guaranteed to every citizen of the United States by the U.S. Constitution. To attempt to suppress that right doesn’t contribute to the advancement of each citizen, but
rather restrict the progress of the country as a whole.