Poll Tax Or Certificate Of Residency Requirement Struck Down

1964

A three-judge District Court holds that a certificate of residence requirement established by the Virginia legislature as an alternative to payment of a poll tax in federal elections is an additional qualification to voting that violates the 17th Amendment and Article I, Section 2. In 1965, the Supreme Court, in Harman v. Forssenius will agree but bases its ruling on the 24th Amendment, rather than the 17th.