Chairman Crowley Statement on the Anniversary of the Elimination of the Poll Tax

Jan 23, 2018

(Queens, N.Y.)  – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the 54th anniversary of the ratification of the 24th amendment of the United States Constitution, which eliminated the poll tax:

“Fifty-four years ago, the United States eliminated the poll tax – a regressive levy that disenfranchised millions of Americans and kept minorities and low-income individuals from using their voice and their vote. This was an important step toward ending institutional discrimination in the United States. But while we continue to make progress, many states still allow discriminatory voting laws and uphold gerrymandered districts designed to purposefully suppress the vote of black, Hispanic, and working-class populations. This is unacceptable. We must continue to fight to ensure that every voter is truly equal.”