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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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The tide of public opinion that had built up against the flatrate poll tax was becoming unstoppable by this time.
In the latest ruling, the appeals court said SB 14 wasn't a poll tax in the first place.
The amount of Poll Tax arrears which have been collected by councils across Scotland has fallen to near negligible levels in recent years, from around Au1.
In the last year the council brought in around PS300,000 of unpaid poll tax.
He said one of these was his scrapping of the poll tax.
William Eustis Russell, a Democrat, supported a series of pro-labor laws, doing away with the state's poll tax at the same time, Webster assessor Marc D.
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.
This is a poll tax because it is put on people who have to go to work at certain times and cannot change it.
The Courts have ruled that Georgia's photo ID requirement is tantamount to a poll tax, which is prohibited under the VRA, because voters have to pay to obtain government-issued photo IDs.
Fifteen years ago, the much-despised poll tax ( or to give it its correct title, Community Charge ( caused rioting on the streets of Britain in a display of public outrage not seen in this country in living memory.
Consider that Thoreau was quite happy to avoid punishment during the years he refused to pay his poll tax.
Of course, the literacy test resembles Rosetta Meeks' 16-page form, and the poll tax isn't a great deal different from Florida's requirement that felons pay off money owed to the state--potentially including the cost of a public defender provided them because of their poverty.