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Poll Tax

A tax one must pay in order to vote. That is, a poll tax is a fee. Poll taxes are illegal in the United States as they discourage the poor (and, in some cases, racial minorities) from voting.

poll tax

a tax that is levied at a fixed rate per head of population. See LOCAL TAX.

poll tax

a TAX that is levied at a fixed rate per head of population. Poll tax was also used as a colloquial term to describe the UK's COMMUNITY CHARGE. See LUMP-SUM TAXES, LOCAL TAX.
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It ends by noting that since the repeal of the head tax in 1947 and the removal of other restrictions in 1967 "thousands of Chinese have immigrated to Canada" (p.
As such, Chinese immigration must be seen as a key feature in Canada's evolution as an emerging nation, and yet, it remains pertinent to understand contemporary redress for the Head Tax and Exclusion Act not simply as fait accompli.
For a BIG, everyone who is a citizen would receive the payment, regardless of their income, because a BIG is a negative head tax.
By 1903, the head tax was raised to 500 Canadian dollars, a fee that didn't apply to any other minority.
The literacy test plus the head tax created serious obstacles for Mexican immigrants, particularly agricultural workers who, for the most part, were poor and illiterate.
As it happened, the timing for Bau's story was fortuitous: As part of a formal 2006 apology, the Canadian government announced grant money for programming that would educate people about the head tax and Exclusion Act.
Princess said the change was prompted partly by the state's decision to reduce its head tax on cruise passengers.
Read the accounts of the treatment of Africans by settlers and colonialists in southern and East Africa--where men, women and children were summarily hanged for failure to find the detested hut or head tax, a device used to provide settlers with the forced labour they needed for their farms and mines--and you will understand where the likes of Soyinka and Ngugi wa Thiong'o come from.
Yet another fine government policy like the Chinese head tax or a belief that you can't date female lobbyists who had previous boyfriends.
Under the new law, each passenger pays a $50 head tax, and the state collects a portion of ships' gambling receipts.
During this period, the Canadian government restricted Chinese immigration in the form of a head tax imposed upon all Chinese entering Canada and subsequently through the outright exclusion of Chinese immigration.