Hill v. Stone case brief summary
421 U.S. 289 (1975)
Appellant, state attorney general,
sought review of a judgment of the United States District Court for
the Northern District of Texas that was in favor of appellee
residents in an action challenging the constitutionality of Tex.
Constitutional art. 6, § 3, Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 5.03, 5.04,
5.05, (1967 and Supp. 1974-1975) and Fort Worth, Tex., Charter, ch.
25, § 19, which limited the voting franchise in a bond election.
CASE FACTS The City of Fort Worth conducted a tax
bond election, using the attorney general's dual box election
procedure, to authorize the sale of bonds to improve transportation
and build a library. Under the dual box system, all persons owning
taxable property rendered for taxation voted in one box, and all
other registered voters cast their ballots in a separate box. The
results in both boxes were tabulated, and the bond issue would be
deemed to have passed only if it was approved by a majority vote both
in the "renderers' box" and in the aggregate of both boxes.
The library bonds were defeated by the renderers but approved in the
aggregate and the residents, non-renderers, filed suit. The trial
court held that the restriction on suffrage did not serve a
compelling state interest and therefore violated the Equal Protection
On appeal, the Court affirmed,
reasoning that in an election of general interest, restrictions on
the franchise other than residence, age, and citizenship must promote
a compelling state interest in order to survive constitutional
The Court held that promoting voluntary rendering of property
for taxation was not a compelling interest.
The Court affirmed. Suggested law school course materials, hornbooks, and guides for Constitutional Law
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