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Mike Turzai

Requiring tests for voting? Seriously?

Requiring tests for voting? Seriously?

Letter writer Lyle Rescott not only wants to restore literacy tests on prospective voters but even suggested civics questions ("Voter registration should come with a test," June 13). So I have one for him, which is whether he is aware of the abusive history of literacy tests in the Jim Crow South which were utilized solely to disenfranchise black people from voting.

If he's totally unaware of this, then he shouldn't be propounding civics tests because he has no idea of their malignant past. If he is aware of it, that is worse but certainly no worse than the...