Respond with no less than 200 words on why you agree.
Should voting be restricted to those with a college education? Why or Why not?
Many people have debated as to whether or not people should be required to have a specific amount of education in order to be qualified to vote. For example, there have been those who state that people should be required to obtain a college education before they should be allowed to vote. I understand that people should have some sort of sound understanding and education so that they can make an informed decision when voting for politicians; however, there are other issues that this will cause if implemented into our political system.
It is important to keep in mind that the voting age used to be 21 but was reduced to 18 because this was the age that the government was requiring individuals to register for the Selective Service. Registering for the Selective Service places your name in the system to, if needed, be drafted for a war that the U.S. is involved in. With this in mind, if you are old enough to fight and possibly die for your country in combat, then you should be allowed to vote for the people who make the decisions to go to war and send troops overseas. The age of 18 is also when many people are considered an adult and start working to support themselves. Many people are not afforded the opportunity to pursue a college degree and desire to begin their careers once they graduate high school.
Another negative aspect that this type of law would have is that you would naturally exclude the various ethnic groups that are represented on college campuses. The three main groups of people who are represented in national elections are Non-Hispanic Whites, Non-Hispanic-Blacks, and Hispanic. The latest polls state that approximately 58% of college students are white, 15% are black, and 17% are Hispanic. Considering these numbers, both the black and Hispanic votes would be poorly and inadequately represented.
These are just a few examples as to why incorporating a college requirement when voting would serve as a disservice to our American system of government. Yes, it is important to become knowledgeable about American politics and make educated decisions concerning politicians but requiring people to receive a college education will not solve any problems. At 18 years of age, an individual is perceived as an adult and should be allowed to make adult decisions and this type of law will misrepresent the population and their opinion during an election.
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