Let’s play a game! If you can successfully answer the following direction, you get to vote in this upcoming presidential election. If not, too bad.
Draw five circles that one common inter-locking part.
Confused by the usage of “that” instead of “with”? Confused about how to draw five circles that only overlap in one place? Confused as to what this has to do with your voting rights? This question was on a Louisiana Literacy test (from 1964) considered to be impossible–and to be taken in 10 minutes. You can take it at Slate or take a slightly less frustrating version at the Civil Rights Movement Veteran’s Website.
Thankfully, voter literacy exams aren’t used any more to disenfranchise Black voters but worry not! There are still ways to suppress voters. For example, by harassing minority voters at the polls, demanding to see proper identification from minority voters, or threatening violence on minority voters.