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poll tax

n.
A fixed tax levied on all persons in a certain area, especially as a condition of voting in elections.

poll tax

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a tax levied per head of adult population
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an informal name for (the former) community charge

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n.
a capitation tax, sometimes levied as a prerequisite for voting.
[1685–95]
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Noun1.poll tax - a tax of a fixed amount per person and payable as a requirement for the right to vote
capitation - a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person
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White officials used all kinds of devices to keep blacks from voting, including literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather clauses (requiring proof that one's father and grandfather had been eligible to vote), intimidation, and outright violence.
Grandfather clauses, literacy tests, secret organizations, and poll taxes were among the other problems various groups faced.
Senator Carter Glass worked to expand the disenfranchisement laws along with poll taxes and literacy tests.