The, The Greatest Threat Of Public Confidence

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Jimmy Rizzo
Mr. Kotlewski
Period 3
13 January 2017
The Latter Amendments Essay Draft As Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote). To elaborate, the Twenty Fourth Amendment forbids any government from making voters pay poll tax, money, or a fee to vote in any election. This opens up the right to vote to many more American citizens of any ethnicity or gender. To justify, a poll tax was a tax that was simply just paid for living in a taxed area, but became very
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Toombs was known for his unfair practices to the African races, and usually if a white person could not afford to pay their poll tax, he was also known to “buy their vote” and pay the tax for them. Months after the Civil War ended, some Constitutional amendments were passed helping black rights and giving them the freedom to vote. Southerners were afraid of all this new political power towards the Negroes, so they did whatever they could to limit that power, and made it nearly impossible for Negroes to vote with the new laws they passed. With the Ku Klux Klan being formed and more discriminatory acts to interfere with black voting rights, it was not until the civil rights movements of the 1950’s and 1960’s until the amendment was finally brought up, almost a century later. During the Ku Klux Klan era, southerners passed laws to limit the power of African Americans, otherwise known as black codes. They did whatever they could to limit the black’s freedom, even with such small things like requiring them to use a different water fountain or, even bigger, forcing them to pay an unreasonable poll tax to vote. With the rise of civil rights acts though, it became harder and harder to limit their power, and in the middle of 1962 when Congress proposed the amendment to require no fee to vote, southerners knew that this was more of the beginning of racial movements and equal rights to all.

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