Civics project
Updated: 7/7/2020
Civics project
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  • Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections 
  • You cannot vote until you pay your poll taxes!
  • I thought poll taxes were prohibited by the 24th amendment and violates the 14th amendment!?
  • Harper filed a law suit against the Virginia State Board of the elections. She first took the problem to the U.S. district court where the court dismissed the case on November 12, bringing up precedent established from the Supreme Court in the 1930's
  • This court case is dismissed!
  • All poor black people will get the right to vote without paying poll taxes!
  • Harper brought this case to the Supreme Court, and was argued during late January 1966
  • In a 6-3 decision, Justice William Douglas declared that poll taxes violated the Equal Protection Law.
  • As Justice William Douglas, I declare...
  • Since poll taxes violated the 14th Amendment, the Supreme Court banned poll taxes in state elections.
  • Now, all blacks were able to vote without worrying about poll taxes, as their rights are protected by the 14th and 24th amendment
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