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Carrington v. Rash

380 U.S. 89 (1965)

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Carrington v. Rash

United States Supreme Court

380 U.S. 89 (1965)

Facts

Carrington (plaintiff) was a sergeant in the United States Army. He enlisted from Alabama in 1946, at the age of eighteen. In 1962, Carrington moved to Texas which he intended to make his home permanently. Carrington owned a home, a small business, and a car in Texas. Carrington paid property taxes and his car was registered in Texas. Carrington commuted to his military post in White Sands, New Mexico. Texas amended its constitution to prohibit any military personnel who relocate to Texas from voting in state elections so long as their service was active. Carrington sued for violation of the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause. Texas argued that it had legitimate interests in preventing the concentrated balloting of military personnel as to not overwhelm the local community and protect the franchise from infiltration by transients. The Texas Supreme Court agreed, and Carrington appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)

Dissent (Harlan, J)

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