THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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September 15, 1902
Warren County Refused African American Applicants
The registration list consists of entries of Warren County African American men who were refused the right to vote. Article II of The Virginia 1902 Constitution was designed to eliminate African American voting through literacy tests and property and poll tax requirements. A person applying to register must read a section of the Constitution and explain its meaning. With passage of the U.S. Constitution's 24th Amendment poll taxes for federal elections were outlawed in 1964, and the 1965 Voting Rights Act banned the use of literacy tests when registering voters. In 1966 the U.S. Supreme Court declared all poll taxes for all elections unconstitutional.