Tancredo: And then, something really odd happened, mostly because I think that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country. People who could not even spell the word "vote," or say it in English, put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.
Exactly which people was Tancredo referring to? The literacy test has a sordid history in the South. It disenfranchised black voters who did not have the same educational opportunities as whites. Tancredo must be opposed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed literacy tests. As explained by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, "Section 2 of the Act, which closely followed the language of the 15th amendment, applied a nationwide prohibition against the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on the literacy tests on a nationwide basis."