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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-02-07 12:43 PM
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20. Do you know where the term grandfathering a law or clause came from?
Edited on Thu Aug-02-07 12:49 PM by fasttense
"The original Grandfather clauses were contained in the Jim Crow laws used from 1890 to 1910 in much of the Southern United States to prevent blacks, Native Americans, and certain whites from voting. Earlier prohibitions on voting in place prior to 1870 were nullified by the Fifteenth Amendment. In response, some states passed laws requiring poll taxes and/or supposed literacy tests from would-be voters. An exemption to these requirements was made for all persons allowed to vote before the American Civil War, and any of their descendants. The term was born from the fact that the law tied the then-current generation's voting rights to those of their grandfathers."

If your grandfather could vote, you didn't have to pass the literacy test.

Remember when property owners were the only people who could vote in the US? Well this is what Benjamin Franklin had to say about limiting who gets to vote: "Today a man owns a jackass worth fifty dollars and he is entitled to vote; but before the next election the jackass dies. ... The jackass is dead and the man cannot vote. Now, gentlemen, pray inform me, in whom is the right of suffrage, in the man or in the jackass?"

I guess you can tell I am absolutely against tests to vote. The repukes want it because as the number of voters voting decrease, the likelihood of a conservative or repuke being voted in increases.

If someone is honestly concerned that uninformed and ignorant people are voting, then they should ensure all American citizens are fully and completely educated. If the jackass in Benjamin Franklin's example could vote (if indirectly), then any American citizen should be able to pull it off.
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