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Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Significance, Further Readings


Anne E. Harper


Virginia State Board of Elections

Appellant's Claim

That Virginia's poll tax was a violation of the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Allison W. Brown, Jr., Robert L. Segar, and J. A. Jordan, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

George D. Gibson

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

24 March 1966


By a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court struck down the Virginia poll tax.

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