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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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He said one of these was his scrapping of the poll tax.
Webster eliminated its version of the poll tax in 1937, according to Town Clerk Robert T.
For example, a squad of officers on horseback flattened a woman and rode over her and whilst she did not suffer significant injury, it was a scene that continued being replayed long after the Poll Tax had withered.
Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Jon Ashworth said: "Oliver Letwin was a key architect of the Poll Tax, so enthusiastic that he pressed Margaret Thatcher to push ahead.
In a move almost as cack–handed and ill–thought out as the poll tax itself, the Tories decided it should be slapped on householders in Scotland alone – a whole year before being rolled out across the rest of the UK.
Margaret Thatcher was at the Conservative Party Council in Cheltenham when the poll tax riot in London occurred on Saturday, March 31, 1990.
The Heckmondwike Labour man told colleagues at yesterday's meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall that the changes had some similarities with the poll tax.
More than a dozen protesters stood on the doorstep hoping to express their anger over the Poll Tax.
I WAS wondering if any of your readers were involved in the campaign against the poll tax in Birmingham in the late 1980s/ early 1990s.
It is even sadder that she can't grasp that the poll tax happened to be the fairest taxation system possible for it required every adult to pay his or her share of the cost of the services we all use.
This country had riots on the streets because of those proposals; well many will rue the day that the poll tax was shelved.
I hope this proposed act of "greenmail" (using the environment as an excuse to extort more money out of citizens) meets the same resistance as the poll tax did.