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Updated: 7/7/2020
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  • Lonnie E. Smith, a black dentist from the Fifth Ward area of Houston and a voter in Harris County, Texas, sued county election official S. S. Allwright for the right to vote in a primary election being conducted by the Democratic Party.
  • SMITH vs. ALLWRIGHT 1944
  • What! I'm not "eligible" to vote!
  • Sorry, maybe next year.
  • The Democratic Party had controlled politics in the South since the late 19th century and the state legislatures of the former Confederacy effectively disenfranchised blacks using new constitutions and laws raising barriers to voter registration and voting.
  • POLLTAX
  • How do they expect us to have to pay to vote
  • So unfair
  • Smith was not allowed to vote in a Democratic primary election on the basis of his skin color. He argued that since he was not allowed to participate in a state election, the Party is not independent of the state.
  • Hello. I would like to be able to vote for this state, but when S.S. Allwright...
  • The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that Texas was indeed abridging Smith's Fifteenth Amendment right to vote, which was also denying his Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the law.
  • Thank you so much
  • I, as the Justice announce that under the 15th and 14th Amendment, your right to vote will be protected.
  • This decision enabled the revival of black participation in Texas politics, for those voters who could get through the discriminatory voter registration process.
  • I am so excited .I can finally vote.
  • This ruling affected all other states where the party used the white primary rule.
  • Did you hear the rumors?
  • It is said that we are finally allowed to vote!
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