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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Harper v. Virginia State Board of Education
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Virginia imposed an annual $1.50 poll tax on all residents over twenty-one years of age. The state made payment of this poll tax a precondition to voting. Appellant’s suit to have the poll tax declared unconstitutional was dismissed by a three-judge District Court on the authority of Breedlove v. Suttles, where the Court had unanimously rejected an equal protection attack on the Georgia poll tax.
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