Tea Party Boss: Only Property Owners Should Be Able to Vote

Suggests return to 18th-century rule

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 1, 2010 8:41 AM CST

(Newser) – The president of the Tea Party Nation says it “makes a lot of sense” to limit voting rights to those who own property. On the group’s radio show two weeks ago, Judson Phillips noted that the Founding Fathers stuck “certain restrictions” on voting rights; while some “you would not think about today,” the property rule—which, ThinkProgress notes, stems from the 18th century—might deserve some thought, he suggested.

“If you’re a property owner you actually have a vested stake in the community,” Phillips said. “If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community.” Listen to the clip at left.

Judson Phillips says limiting voting rights to property owners 'makes a lot of sense.'
Judson Phillips says limiting voting rights to property owners 'makes a lot of sense.'   (Shutterstock)
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Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation.   (ThinkProgress2)

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