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What is the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution?

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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.


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