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Mainly as a way of preventing poor people- especially newly freed blacks in the South after the Civil War- from voting. If you're poor and have little/no money, you're not going to want to spend that money to pay a special tax just to be able to vote.

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to make it difficult for poor African Americans to vote

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legal way to keep African Americans from voting

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How was the poll tax accomplished?

The Poll Taxes were created by act of various state legislatures.

What was prohibited under the Twenty-fourth Amendment?

The 24th amendment prohibited poll taxes

Why do poll taxes hurt low income citizens?

Low income citizens cannot afford to pay the poll taxes. If they don't pay poll taxes, they can't vote. Incidentally, poll taxes have been outlawed in the United States.

How did the twenty-fourth amendment help African Americans?

by eliminating poll taxes

What are the taxes paid in order to vote?

Poll Taxes

Which amendment made poll taxes illegal?

The Twenty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution made poll taxes illegal. =)

Are poll taxes illegal in all federal elections?

Yes, poll taxes are illegal in all government elections.

How did southerners keep freedmen from voting?

by poll taxes, made them pass literacy test, and the Grandfather clause. :)

What did southerner whites use to disenfranchise African Americans after the civil war?

poll taxes and literacy tests

States could not use poll taxes to deny a person the right to vote according to which amendent?

The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution bars the use of poll taxes. This makes it illegal in all states to use poll taxes and the non-payment of such taxes to keep anyone from voting. The amendment therefore stops any and all use of poll taxes.

Are poll taxes legal?

A poll tax is illegal because it prevents minorities from voting.

The 24th amendment abolished what?

The Twenty-fourth Amendment (Amendment XXIV) prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax.