Poll Tax

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Poll Tax

A specified sum of money levied upon each person who votes.

Poll taxes, as a prerequisite to voting in federal elections, are prohibited by the Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and have been held unconstitutional with respect to state elections.

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Sir John Major, who took over as PM from Mrs Thatcher in 1990, said that while she had been keen on the Poll Tax, many in the Conservative Party had been against it, and this had led to serious policy discussions.
Stripped of its antilabor provisions, the poll tax continued more than 35 years, probably as a local option.
It wasn't perfect but hey, anything had to be better than the poll tax.
It shows him as a nerdy young Tory, then later defending the Poll Tax, combined with footage of the riots.
Toward the end of the New Deal, many of Sullivan's progressives launched a campaign to abolish the poll tax.
DAVID Cameron's policy chief urged Margaret Thatcher to press ahead with the Poll Tax despite warnings it would be a disaster, papers released today show.
And this Tuesday marks exactly 25 years to the day since Margaret Thatcher's Tory government brought that new levy – the poll tax – to homes across the country.
City bosses are also owed the far greater sum of PS100m in council tax and that figure accumulated over the last 20 years after the abolition of the 'community charge', as the poll tax was known - meaning the rate of poll tax non-payment was far higher.
She implemented what became known as the poll tax in Scotland on a trial run although it wasn't in the Tory manifesto, and it caused ructions.
And just as with the poll tax, this will force councils to chase people for money they simply do not have.
A SENIOR politician last night likened new benefit rules to the poll tax.