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Mr. leader Justice White, in construing the 15th modification declared: “But it truly is both past the opportunity of query that the modification in convey phrases restricts the ability of the us or the nation to abridge or deny the best of a citizen of the U.S. to vote because of race, colour or past situation of servitude. The limit is coincident with the facility and forestalls its exertion in overlook of the command of the modification. ” on the way to avoid the choice within the Guinn case the nation of Oklahoma handed a statute requiring all people eligible to sign in to take action inside twelve days or to be barred from registering thereafter. even if, the statute additionally only if all those that voted in 1914 have been immediately registered. seeing that Negroes have been disfranchised through the grandfather clause in 1914 they have been disfranchised through the recent act. while I. W. Lane was once refused registration in Wagoner county, in 1934, the N. A. A. C. P. begun a case within the neighborhood federal courts to claim this new legislations unconstitutional. The case ultimately reached the excellent courtroom the place attorneys for the organization maintained that the hot legislations, even supposing now not expressly discriminatory on its face, used to be truly geared toward disfranchising a wide team of Negroes. On might 22, 1939, Mr. affiliate Justice Frankfurter rendered the opinion of the very best courtroom pointing out the hot act unconstitutional. The opinion additionally broadened the scope of the translation of the 15th modification through mentioning: “The modification nullifies refined in addition to easy minded modes of discrimination. It hits hard procedural standards which successfully handicap workout of the franchise by means of the coloured race even supposing the summary correct to vote may well stay unrestricted as to race. ” THE TEXAS circumstances After the grandfather clause case outlawed the makes an attempt to disfranchise Negroes through fighting them from registering, numerous states instantly started to devise different schemes. Texas handed a statute which only if “in no occasion shall a Negro be eligible to take part in a democratic celebration basic election held within the kingdom of Texas. ” The N. A. A. C. P instantly challenged the constitutionality of this statute while Dr. L. A. Nixon was once refused the proper to vote in a prime election in El Paso. A go well with for damages used to be instituted and this example used to be carried to the preferrred court docket after it used to be pushed aside within the decrease court docket. The excellent courtroom, in what has turn into often called the “First Texas basic Case”, Nixon v. Herndon, in March, 1927, reversed the reduce courtroom and declared the statute unconstitutional. Mr. affiliate Justice Holmes said: “The statute of Texas within the enamel of the prohibition said assumes to forbid Negroes to participate in a prime election the significance of which we now have indicated, discriminating opposed to them by means of the excellence of colour by myself. States may possibly do a great deal of classifying that it's tricky to think rational, yet there are limits, and it truly is too transparent for prolonged argument that colour can't be made the foundation of a statutory class affecting the ideal organize consequently.