Voting Status of Negroes in Virginia and Procedures and Requirements for Voting in Virginia

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Title

Voting Status of Negroes in Virginia and Procedures and Requirements for Voting in Virginia

Description

This 1944 booklet is the Virginia Voters League’s fifth annual report. The League began in 1941 and worked with the NAACP in advocating for increased African American participation at the polls. It was led by Luther P. Jackson, an historian and civil rights advocate who formed the Petersburg League of Negro Voters in 1935, which developed into the Virginia Voters League. The booklet details African American voting strength and includes instructions for voter registration. 

At this time in Virginia, the payment of a poll tax for three consequtive years was a requirement for voting. The booklet notes that in 1943, the number of blacks who met the poll tax requirement was 32,504. That number increased to 41,579 in 1944. Nevertheless, those numbers represent only 9 to 11 per cent of Virginia blacks of voting age, or expressed another way, about 89 per cent of blacks were disqualified from voting in 1944.  

Excerpts:

Title page: "With grant-in-aid of publication by the Virginia State Teachers Association, Virginia branches of the N.A.A.C.P., Virginia lodges of Elks, the Eureka Lodge of Norfolk, Virginia chapters of Greek letter fraternities and sororities, and the Virginia Negro Organization Society." 

p. 4
Foreward
This fifth annual report of the Virginia Voters League defines the voting status of Negroes in Virginia as of May 7, 1944, the last day for paying the poll tax in order to have voted in the ensuing August primary and the November election. In order to satisgy the demand for a statement of voting requirements in Virginia and other states this handbook devotes a section to this topic also. 

To all persons who seek to advance the political status of Negroes and to observe racial trends on suffrage in Virginia this publication may serve as a guide. 

The compiler of this report is again deeply indebted to the 124 county and city court clerks in Virginia for furnishing the data on poll tax paying either by letter or by sending the poll tax list itself. Every county and city is included in this report because every clerk cooperated. 

SLOGAN
Pay the poll tax in order to abolish the poll tax.  

Creator

Jackson, Luther P.
Virginia Voters League

Source

General collection, JK1929.V8 V8 1944, Library of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Historical Society

Date

1944

Contributor

Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Historical Society

Rights

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Acknowledgement of the Virginia Historical Society as a source is requested.

Notes

Learn more: 

Controlling the Vote -- Rights. Registration. Representation. Discovery Set, Social Welfare History Image Portal 

Dennis, M. Luther Porter Jackson (1892–1950). Encyclopedia Virginia 

"Va. highway marker honors creators of Virginia Voters League in Petersburg" The Progress-Index 
 
Poll tax, Social Welfare History Image Portal

Citation

Jackson, Luther P. Virginia Voters League, “Voting Status of Negroes in Virginia and Procedures and Requirements for Voting in Virginia,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed December 8, 2019, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/514.