poll tax

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English[edit]

Receipt for payment of US poll tax (voting).
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Etymology[edit]

From sense poll (head) for “uniform tax per individual”; from sense poll (voting place) for “tax required to vote”.

Noun[edit]

poll tax (plural poll taxes)

  1. A tax determined as a uniform, fixed amount per individual.
  2. (US) A tax required in order to vote.

Usage notes[edit]

In the US, generally used today to refer to taxes required to vote, with high risk of confusion if used for “head tax”. Further, the term has strong negative connotations, due to these taxes discriminating against blacks – see Jim Crow laws.

Synonyms[edit]

(uniform tax per person):

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