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poll tax

[ pohl ]
/ poʊl /
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noun
a capitation tax, the payment of which is sometimes a prerequisite to exercise the right of suffrage.
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Also called head tax.

Origin of poll tax

First recorded in 1685–95
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British Dictionary definitions for poll tax

poll tax

noun
a tax levied per head of adult population
an informal name for (the former) community charge
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Cultural definitions for poll tax

poll tax

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.

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