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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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Labour peer Lord Foulkes, who was an MP in Scotland when the levy was introduced, said of the revelations: "Ultimately, Thatcher was toppled as a result of the Poll Tax and justice was served.
However Chancellor Nigel Lawson, an early opponent of the poll tax, warned that dropping the transitional arrangements - as eventually happened - would leave them exposed to "unacceptable political risks".
In the latest ruling, the appeals court said SB 14 wasn't a poll tax in the first place.
In the last year the council brought in around PS300,000 of unpaid 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.
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 law serves as a poll tax and shuts down community-based registration drives--effectively disenfranchising potential voters in Latino, Black and Native American communities, according to Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
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.