Abolish Poll Taxes: 1940-48
Poll taxes (a tax levied when voting in an election) were imposed in many U.S. Southern states as one of several methods to minimize African American voters. Laws typically excluded from the tax anyone whose father and/or grandfather, had voted prior to the Civil War—assuring that nearly all African Americans were subject to the tax and most white Southerners were not.

Any poll tax imposed in federal elections was outlawed with the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified in 1964 as the modern civil rights movement gained momentum. Poll taxes in state elections were outlawed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966
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