Cronkite: Americans too Dumb to Vote Former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, in an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live," said Americans are too dumb to vote for the right candidates. "We're an ignorant nation right now," Cronkite said. "I don't think we're bright enough to do the job that would preserve our democracy, our republic. I think we're in serious danger." Cronkite proposed that, in the future, all ballots be considered "provisional" until screened and approved by the Federal Elections Commission. To aid the process, future ballots would also require additional information on the voter's gender, ethnic background and income. "Only ballots by rich, white men would be counted for Republicans," said Cronkite. "It doesn't make any sense for women, minorities or lower-income people to vote this way. Those who do are obviously too dumb to vote and their ballots shouldn't be counted. This is from the arizona conserative..