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1955-1969: We demand liberty and justice for all

March 24, 1966
We eliminate the “poll tax,” a last vestige of Jim Crow

African American man registering to vote

$1.50—the price of Virginia’s poll tax—is not much money anymore.

But poll taxes like Virginia’s, first imposed in the 1890s, still discourage thousands of poor and uneducated people from exercising the fundamental democratic right to vote.

Two years ago, the 24th Amendment barred the poll tax in federal elections.

Today, in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, the Supreme Court finished the job. The Court has stopped states and local districts from imposing a poll tax in any election.

Read about it in the New York times

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