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24th Amendment

What is the24th Amendment?
The 24th Amendment is about the barring of Poll taxes.

Summary of the 24th Amendment
Summary: The 24th Amendment was ratified in 1964, during the administration of Lyndon Johnson,
making it illegal to make anyone pay a tax to have the right to vote.

When was the 24th Amendment passed?
Amendment XXIV was passed by Congress on August 27, 1962 and ratified January 23, 1964.

24th Amendment - Poll taxes barred
Lyndon Johnson was the 36th President of the United States whose presidency spanned from November 22, 1963 to January 20, 1969. One of the key events during his presidency was the ratification of the 24th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Cause and Reason for the 24th Amendment
The cause or reason for this addition to the Constitution was to address the deficiencies of the 15th Amendment by which many Southern states implemented a system of Poll taxes and Literacy tests to prevent poor blacks from voting. Poll taxes were passed by many Southern states as a means of restricting eligible black voters. Poor blacks were  not able to pay the Poll tax and therefore could not vote. Literacy tests were also introduced as part of the registration process for voters. People who had not been educated was certain to fail the Literacy test and therefore not be able to vote. Poll taxes were abolished in this change to the Constitution. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 barred the use of literacy tests in all states.

24th Amendment Meaning, Explanation and Summary
The meaning of the words and phrases in the 24th Amendment of the Constitution are explained as follows:

24th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Amendment

Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

Explanation & Meaning: The United States and each state shall not make people pay a poll tax, or other kind of tax, in order to vote

Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Meaning: Congress has the power to make laws to enforce this amendment.

24th Amendment: Meaning of the Words of the Twenty-fourth Amendment

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24th Amendment Text - The Twenty-fourth Amendment
The original full text of the 24th Amendment of the Constitution is as follows:

24th Amendment Text

Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

Section 2.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

24th Amendment - Video of the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson
The above information provides the text, definition and summary of the amendment. The following Lyndon Johnson video will give you additional important facts and dates about both the personal life and political life of the 36th President of the United States whose presidency spanned from November 22, 1963 to January 20, 1969.

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