What is the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution?
Imagine that you are finally old enough to vote in your first
election. But, do you have enough money? Money, to vote? Not long
ago, citizens in some states had to pay a fee to vote in a national
election. This fee was called a poll tax. On January 23, 1964, the
United States ratified the 24th Amendment to the Constitution,
prohibiting any poll tax in elections for federal officialism's
Southern states adopted a poll tax in the late 1800s. This meant
that even though the 15th Amendment gave former slaves the right to
vote, many poor people, both blacks and whites, did not have enough
money to vote.
"Do you know I've never voted in my life, never been able to
exercise my right as a citizen because of the poll tax?"
"Mr. Trout" to Mr. Pike, interviewer, Atlanta, Georgia. American
Life Histories, 1936 - 1940.
More than 20 years after "Mr. Trout" spoke those words, the poll
tax was abolished. At the ceremony in 1964 formalizing the 24th
Amendment, President Lyndon Johnson noted that: "There can be no
one too poor to vote." Thanks to the 24th Amendment, the right of
all US. citizens to freely cast their votes has been secured.