Saturday, January 23, 2010

Poll Tax Eliminated On January 23, 1964

On this day in 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified to eliminate a poll tax as a prerequisite to voting.

The proposed amendment was passed by Congress on August 27, 1962, sent to the states, and ratified on January 23, 1964.

The full text follows:

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 any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This was the right thing to do and should have been done long before 1964.

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