On the anniversary of the 24th Amendment, a look at NC’s modern-day poll taxes

Yesterday in 1964, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 24th Amendment, which prohibited the government from issuing taxes on voting participation in federal elections. Ratified in January, 1964, the Amendment laid the foundation for expanded voter protection from poll taxes at all levels of government. The poll tax had long-been a principal impediment to African American participation in elections and thus was instrumental to perpetuating American Apartheid since Reconstruction. The Amendment radically changed the nation’s voting landscape by making it possible for citizens of color to enjoy the same privileges of full citizenship as their white neighbors. …

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