Smith v. Allwright
United States Supreme Court
321 U.S. 649 (1944)
Texas mandated that its political parties hold primary elections. Moreover, Texas delegated the primary election process to the parties themselves. Only party members could vote in a primary election. The Texas Democratic Party prohibited African Americans from voting in its primaries. Smith (plaintiff), an African American registered Democrat, alleged that this violated equal protection. The case reached the Court by petition for certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Reed, J.)
Dissent (Roberts, J.)
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