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This Day in Georgia History

March 06, 1946

Primus King Won Case to Vote

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Primus E. King, an African American from Columbus, Georgia, could vote in the Georgia Democratic primary. King had brought the suit after being prohibited from voting in July 1944. The court ruled this violated the 14th, 15th, and 17th amendments, and that the Georgia’s white primary was a state election in which the Democratic Party acted as an instrumentality of the state.