Lassiter v. Northampton County Bd. of Elections,
360 U.S. 45 (1959)

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Lassiter v. Northampton County Bd. of Elections, 360 U.S. 45 (1959)

Lassiter v. Northampton County Board of Elections

No. 584

Argued May 18-19, 1959

Decided June 8, 1959

360 U.S. 45


1. A State may, consistently with the Fourteenth and Seventeenth Amendments, apply a literacy test to all voters irrespective of race or color. Gunn v. United States, 238 U. S. 347. Pp. 360 U. S. 50-53.

2. The North Carolina requirement here involved, which is applicable to members of all races and requires that the prospective voter "be able to read an write any section of the Constitution of North Carolina in the English language," does not, on its face, violate the Fifteenth Amendment . Pp. 360 U. S. 53-54.

248 N.C. 102,102 S.E.2d 853, affirmed.

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