Are You Fit To Vote?

The responsibility we regard as an entitlement

Allan Milne Lees
5 min readMay 26, 2024
Image credit: Public Policy Institute of California

Casting your ballot in an election is one of the most important things you can do in your life. Your vote, along with the millions of votes cast by your fellow citizens, can determine the future of your nation and sometimes the future of the world. We’ve all been told that representative democracy is a wonderful thing and many people value their right to vote. Representative democracy, however, depends on voters being reasonably well informed and thoughtful about the choices they make. Otherwise it’s just a way to amplify individual ignorance and folly.

How reasonably well informed are you? How thoughtful? We all tend to believe we’re smarter and better-informed than we really are, which is why testing ourselves is the best way to calibrate more accurately. The following questions are mostly on general knowledge that frankly everyone in the West should know with a few simple tests of reasoning ability sprinkled in as well.

So how fit do you think you are to vote?

If you’re brave enough, let’s find out. The following 20 questions don’t require anything in the way of specialist knowledge. They are questions that anyone who believes in representative democracy ought to be able to answer with ease. You can check your answers against the correct answers given…

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Allan Milne Lees

Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.