I don’t read/get to watch enough Rachel Maddow. Here’s an interesting bit from Mediaite: Enraged, Maddow Explains ‘Racist History’ Tea Party Is Embracing. I’m sure a lot of people would think it’s perfectly reasonable to make sure the electorate is “smart enough” to make informed decisions, but the history of voter registration and arcane registration requirements in the country have a funny way of excluding certain types of people. (And let’s put it this way, they weren’t illiterate or homeless, they were often just hard-working people of a certain color and socio-economic background.)
The article had a great link to a short primer on the history of US Voter “Literacy” tests in the South.