24th Amendment- Banned Poll Tax

Madi Axtell

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What took place?

In the 1800s, states adopted the poll tax which caused people to pay to vote. Residents in these states weren't happy because some couldn't vote because of money issues. These residents argued for twenty years until the constitution called the 24th amendment of abolishing the poll tax.

How did people fight it?


  • They complained to the court about having never voted due to lack of money.
  • They argued to the court about what the poll tax money was used for. (no specific purpose)
  • A man named Mr. Trout took it to supreme court and continuously said it was unconstitutional.



What obstacles were faced?

  • The court said they couldn't get rid of the poll tax because it was constitutional.
  • No court would take it further.
  • Only the people that were poor or had a lack of money had an issue with it.


How it was finalized.

January 23, 1964 they declared the poll tax unconstitutional and allowed the congress to created the 24th Amendment abolishing the dreaded poll tax. In part of the 24th Amendment they stated, " shall not be denied failure to pay poll tax."
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