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Take This Crazy 'Literacy' Test Given to Black Voters in 1960s

Zachary Slobig

Here's a salient reminder of just what the now limping (thank you SCOTUS) 1965 Voting Rights Act was designed to eliminate—follow the link below to take a real 'literacy' test given at polling places in Louisiana. Tests had to be completed in 10 minutes. One wrong answer and "no vote for you!"

Kudos to Slate for unearthing this. Have fun trying to navigate the thicket of bizarre wording to secure your right to vote. Let us know how you fared in the comments below.

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  • Zachary Slobig

    I'll admit it: I was stymied by the very first task:

    "Draw a line around the number of letters of this sentence."

      • Jessica De Jesus

        Whoops. Got cut off.

        What I meant to say is that it was actually "Draw a line around the number OR letters of this sentence." It didn't even make sense.

        This was very upsetting.

        • Zachary Slobig

          ah yes, thanks for the correction, Jess. yup, still stumped.