- a capitation tax, the payment of which is sometimes a prerequisite to exercise the right of suffrage.
Origin of poll tax
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The poll-tax was abolished as a prerequisite for voting in the case of women.
The poll-tax, thereafter, was always a favorite source of revenue in Russia.
Ivan Kalita, as farmer of the poll-tax, grew immensely wealthy.
Arkansas, in 1893, based the franchise on a one-year poll-tax.
Virginia based the suffrage on property, literacy, or poll-tax in 1902.
- a tax levied per head of adult population
- an informal name for (the former) community charge
A tax required as a qualification for voting. After the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution extended the vote to blacks in 1870, many southern states instituted poll taxes to prevent blacks from voting. The Twenty-fourth Amendment to the Constitution, adopted in 1964, prohibits poll taxes for federal elections.