"Any candidate for elected national office shall, in addition to the requirements identified in Articles I and II of this Constitution, be required to pass a written test about the Constitution. The tests and the answers each candidate provides for each question shall be released to the public no later than 60 days prior to the general election. Congress shall make all laws necessary and proper for carrying out this provision."
Then we need the laws governing the testing:
- Test questions shall not be released, either to the public or to candidates, in advance.
- Tests will be written by the Attorney General, and will be approved by both the majority and minority leaders in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The test must be approved by February 1st of each calendar year.
- Tests shall be different each year, no more than 10 of the 25 questions can be the same in two consecutive years, and no more than 12 of the questions can be the same in any three consecutive years.
- The test should be written at what is generally understood to be the level of an undergraduate constitutional law course.
- Candidates will take the test at a location that will allow for the administration to be viewed by the public. Candidates will give the public 5 days' notice of the time and location they will take the test.
- No resource materials are allowed by the candidate during the administration of the test.
- No specific score is required for passing. The judgement of the voters will determine if a particular candidate is knowledgeable enough to represent them.
I know you can't legislate away stupid politicians, but wouldn't it be nice if a few of them were at least cognizant of the Constitution?