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Hardly a fair system given people are being elected to decide how our taxes are spent and plenty of not overly bright people pay plenty of tax. It would be fairer to restrict voting in local elections to council tax payers and in national elections to income tax payers.

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Hardly a fair system given people are being elected to decide how our taxes are spent and plenty of not overly bright people pay plenty of tax. It would be fairer to restrict voting in local elections to council tax payers and in national elections to income tax payers.

 

So, carers, OAPs, the temporarily unemployed and many pensioners shouldn't have the vote?

 

I don't want to live in that country.

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After 30 odd years of political meddling in the education system, entire swathes of highly intelligent people would be unfairly excluded as a result of such a system.

 

So no.

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Everyone has a vote (over 18 ), and always will do. End of thread. Now if people are dumb enough not to vote, then not a lot can be done about that.

 

well, those in prison, and those in an "asylum" as far as I knew, aren't permitted a vote. (the law may have changed)

 

However, we cannot take the right to vote away from anyone not in the above categories who have the right.

 

I Q test results only show the individual's ability to do an IQ test.

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well, those in prison, and those in an "asylum" as far as I knew, aren't permitted a vote. (the law may have changed)

 

Being imprisoned is no longer a barrier to voting. Lunatics, and members of the House of Lords, still can't vote, as far as I know.

 

 

Those who propose setting an IQ test for allowing people to vote; what would the passing figure actually be?

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So, carers, OAPs, the temporarily unemployed and many pensioners shouldn't have the vote?

 

I don't want to live in that country.

 

We could work on say a 4/5 taxpaying average so if for an average of 4 out of 5 years since leaving full time education and before reaching retirement age then you get to vote. So someone who was out of work for a few months but had previously always worked would be classed as a taxpayer for the purpose provided they didn't go over the 4/5 limit. Likewise pensioners could have that calculation done at retirement, 4/5 or better they get the vote for life, less than 4/5 they lose the vote for life.

 

Full time voluntary carers are providing a direct service in lieu of tax that would otherwise have to be met from taxpayers funds so I'd be inclined to class them as taxpayers for this purpose.

 

Wouldn't that be fair enough?

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