Understanding the Constitution – 24th Amendment

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Consitution of the United States and Feather QuillPassed by Congress: Aug 27, 1962

Ratified: Jan 23, 1964

24th Amendment

Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

Section 2: The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

One way southern states denied blacks the right to vote was to impose a special fee for the right to vote. This amendment was passed in the height of the civil rights movement.  It band the states from denying people the right to vote because taxes weren’t paid.  Of the 38 states that ratified the amendment nearly all were northern states.  Only 3 were part of the Confederate States of America.

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