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Board of Elections
Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections-1966
Annie decided to filed a suit, alleging the poll tax deprived indigent Virginia residents of their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
I can not afford to pay the state imposed poll tax of $1.50
The federal district court dismissed her claim, based in part on a 1937 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that had ruled poll taxes to be within the powers of the states.
Justice John Marshall Harlan II dissented, arguing that the poll tax did pass the rational basis test. Harlan found that the state had a legitimate interest in collecting revenue.
It violated the text of the 14th amendment.
This type of case was no less rational than the literacy test that the Court had upheld in Lassiter v. Northampton County Board of Election in 1959.
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