To tell you the truth the 24th amendment gave us the right to vote but we're not supposed to. The founders knew that most people were not smart enough or educated enough to make the right decision. We need to repeal that amendment and we need to go back to the way it is supposed to be where we vote for all state officials and then the state officials vote for the pres and such. We NEVER had a problem when it was set up that way! We need to stop adding stupid ass amendments and stop getting away from the true constitution as it was set up to be.
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The 24th Amendment was passed in August 1962 and forbid states from denying citizens the right to vote in federal elections by imposing a poll tax or other assessment.
The Twenty-fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The Twenty-fourth Amendment was proposed on August 27, 1962, and ratified on January 23, 1964. It prohibits the federal government or the states from making voters pay a poll tax before they can vote in a national election. A poll tax, also called a head tax, is a tax collected equally from all voters. The amendment was proposed as a civil rights measure because southern states had used the poll tax to keep African Americans from voting.
Poll taxes were commonly imposed in the United States at the time the Constitution was adopted but had fallen into disuse by the mid-nineteenth century. After the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, the poll tax was revived in the South as a way to prevent African Americans, who were mostly poor, from voting. The poll tax also denied poor whites the right to vote. Typically, the unpaid fees would accumulate from election to election, making it more difficult for poor persons to find the economic resources to qualify for voting.
Now it is interesting to note that the person who made this comment is a self proclaimed Tea Party member.
It is interesting to note that for several reasons our founding father did have qualms about the intelligence of the American people which is one of the reasons why we don't use popular vote when electing president but instead use the electoral college system.