Ending the Poll Tax In Texas


During a legislative session when the Voter ID Bill stalled work in the Texas house and senate over several days,  State Representative Alma Allen, D-Houston, was quietly working to place Texas on record against the poll tax.

 HJR 39 passed unanimously in both chambers. 

In 1964, the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution ensured that a person’s right to vote could not  be abridged or denied for failure to pay a poll tax or any other tax.

At the time,  Texas  was one of five states still levying the poll tax, and one of only twelve states that did not ratify it.

The resolution sponsored by Dr. Allen,  finally  post – ratifies the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

After it was passed, the Texas Secretary of State was told to  notify  the archivist of the United States, and forward official copies to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

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