Poll Taxes Are Upheld As Constitutional

1937

Many southern states adopt the policy of charging voters a poll tax. This tactic denies the right to vote to both black and white voters who cannot afford the tax. In Breedlove v. Suttles, Breedlove, a twenty-eight year-old white male, seeks to have Georgia’s poll tax declared unconstitutional. The Supreme Court holds that the statute does not violate the Constitution, as it does not discriminate arbitrarily.