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Should Taxpayers Only Have the Right to Vote?
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on February 15, 2014 @ 6:51PM
Created on February 15, 2014 @ 6:40PM

According to the United States Constitution, we've all been given that special right to vote.

Believe it or not, one businessman said he thinks only taxpayers should have the right to vote, and the wealthy Americans who pay more in taxes should get more votes.

In an article found on CNN, Tom Perkins said, "The Tom Perkins system is: You don't get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes."

5 News wanted to see what some of you think about this man's idea, and a lot of you disagree with him, and think everyone should have the right to vote.

"Regardless if you pay a taxes or not, if you're a resident of the United States, you should have the right to vote," said Peggy Coster.

Perkins thinks that voting should work like a corporation, and thinks if you pay a million dollars in taxes, you should get that much more in votes. 

Some of you think regardless of this man's idea, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I disagree with his. Everyone should have the right to vote," said Rebecca Bargeloh, a Fairmont resident.

After Perkins made his comments, he distanced himself from further remarks, saying, "I intended to be outrageous, and I was."


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Comments (3)
Feb 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM
After seeing how the renters keep voting for levies because 'they' don't have to pay the levy taxes....I'm starting to go with the old ways of only allowing property owners to vote at least on things that only affect them. As the useless lazy voters find out they can vote themselves more entitlements and vote for landowners to pay all the taxes...it's become very unfair. NO ONE should be discriminated against on TAXES! EVERYONE including renters should have to pay for school levies. Things need to change about making taxing people more fair! Just because I own my home should I be punished for it? That is discrimination in my opinion. Hope some legislators jump on this issue. It needs input, opinions, debates.
Feb 16, 2014 at 7:22 AM
before the Constitution only land owners have the right to vote. we're selling our votes no with lobbyist.
Feb 16, 2014 at 6:42 AM
I would go along with the Perkins deal but only if the rich pay more than 40% of their income to the government. Then he can have 2 votes. No problem, however I think Mr. Perkins wants more votes but only pay about 14% in taxes.

See what he says then>
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