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24the Amendment - the if a to Along I Lines RICHMOND (AP) -...
the if a to Along I Lines RICHMOND (AP) - Virginia Republicans have filed a double barrelled petition attacking both the state poll tax and the newly enacted certificate of residency. The Republicans called yesterday yesterday "for , a three-judge court to. rule on their contentions that .Virginia voter registration laws Violate the 14th, ,17th rand .24th Amendments to the U. S. Constitution. Constitution. "j. Livingstone billow of Pearisburg Pearisburg filed the suits on behalf, of 'State GOP Chairman Horace E. {Henderson: and Lars Fbrssen ius of Roarioke, vice chairman of the 'Young Republican Federation Federation of Virginia, ; . .'-. : Henderson sued, as a registered registered vote- who has paid his taxes, while Forssenius filed as a registered voter who has not "paid ; his 1963 poll .taxes and doesn't intend .to file any residence residence certificate.. , The Virginia General Assembly, Assembly, acting on the presumption that the 24th Amendment banning banning the poll tax for federal elections would be ^ ratified, changed the voter laws in special special session last November. . The .regulations retain the $1.50 annual poll tax as a prerequisite prerequisite to voting in state and local elections but allow ,the filing of a certificate of residence residence for those who don't pay the poll tax but who want to vote in federal elections. The- 24th Amendment 1 was ratified, ratified, and the new. Virginia 'laws went into effect . Wednesday. The Republicans contend that different qualifications are set up for voters in federal elections elections and those voting for the 100-member Virginia House of Delegates, This, ' they ,. charge, violates .the federal constitution. The suit asks a temporary injunction injunction against the laws pending pending the outcome of the case. , Named as defendants are the three members of the S t Board of Elections; James E. Peters', treasurer of Roanoke ; County, where Forssenius resides; resides; and L. M. Coyner, finance finance director 'of Fairfax County, County, where Henderson lives.

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  1. The Progress-Index,
  2. 21 Feb 1964, Fri,
  3. Page 13

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