Pay to vote? #Wheretheydothatat

On January 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment was ratified, ending mandatory poll taxes in federal elections. At the time the amendment was ratified, however, five states still had poll taxes: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia. Since only applicable on a federal level, it would take another year for the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to ban poll taxes in all U.S. elections.

Fast-forward 53 years later and Congressman John Lewis agrees that voter ID laws are “poll taxes by another name.” Through felon disenfranchisement, voter ID laws, racial gerrymandering and other methods, the African American vote continues to be diluted and requires our utmost attention and activism.