Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections
Significance, Further Readings
Anne E. Harper
Virginia State Board of Elections
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
Hugo Lafayette Black, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart
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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