poll tax


Definition of poll tax

: a tax of a fixed amount per person levied on adults and often linked to the right to vote

Examples of poll tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But now the House has passed a ruthless attack on democracy, a poll tax in disguise, an attack on college students, the elderly, minorities, and the poor. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 7 Dec. 2021 The American Civil Liberties Union and its Georgia chapter filed a lawsuit in April 2020 saying that Georgia’s postage requirement for absentee ballots and ballot applications effectively imposes a poll tax and is therefore unconstitutional. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s disastrous poll tax of 1990. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2021 Hidalgo calmly replied that the bill—which would limit voting hours, forbid drive-through voting, and embolden partisan poll watchers—was no different from a literacy test or a poll tax. Stephania Taladri, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Mississippi passed laws that required a poll tax and mandated literacy tests. Javonte Anderson, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2021 Alabama did strike back with its literacy test, poll tax and requirement that voters own property. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 21 May 2021 But Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law requiring them to first pay off all court fees and fines, which some critics have compared to a poll tax. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 5 May 2021 Add in the price of obtaining the underlying documents -- like a certified birth certificate -- and some see a modern day poll tax. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of poll tax

1692, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poll tax was in 1692

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“Poll tax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poll%20tax. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of poll tax

: a tax that each adult has to pay in order to vote in an election

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Legal Definition of poll tax

: a tax of a fixed amount per person levied on adults

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