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Here’s the poll tax gone, and more and more states passin’ anti-lynchin’ bills, and all kinds of equal rights.
Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  a tax of a fixed amount per person and payable as a requirement for the right to vote
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In the colonial era, men could vote only if they owned enough property. By 1791, some states permitted any white man to vote who paid a poll tax. At the time, the poll tax provided the most inclusive voting rights in the world, but by 1904 variations of the poll tax were used in the south to keep African Americans and the poor from voting.

The twenty-fourth amendment abolished poll taxes in national elections in 1964 and two years later, in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, the U.S. Supreme Court used the fourteenth amendment to apply the twenty-fourth amendment to state elections.
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  • Here’s the poll tax gone, and more and more states passin’ anti-lynchin’ bills, and all kinds of equal rights.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I have paid no poll tax for six years.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Yes, and if there was anybody who couldn’t afford two dollars to pay his poll tax and came to him and said it straight out, he, Willie Stark, would pay that tax out of money he had got by mortgaging his pappy’s farm.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • There may exist certain critical and tempestuous conjunctures of the State, in which a poll tax may become an inestimable resource.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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  • 12 The power of internal taxation has raised many fears: double sets of revenue officers, double taxation, and odious, oppressive poll taxes.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The unique ’poll tax’ that we must pay was unheard of.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • Poll Taxes Bad, May Be Needed
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 16 I strongly disapprove of poll taxes.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Every State in the Union has the power to impose poll taxes.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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  • I hate poll taxes but emergencies are possible.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I repeat ’all systems’; even the so-called ’unlimited democracies’ excluded from franchise not less than one quarter of their populations by age, birth, poll tax, criminal record, or other.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • As to poll taxes, I, without scruple, confess my disapprobation of them; and though they have prevailed from an early period in those States [1] which have uniformly been the most tenacious of their rights, I should lament to see them introduced into practice under the national government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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