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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The state's pole tax has been tangled up in litigation for years, but the appeals are now exhausted and the courts have decided that Texas' strip club fee is legal.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is pressing the state's strip clubs to cough up millions of dollars she says they owe under a new "pole tax" even though the $5-a-patron fee still faces a court challenge.
After lawmakers passed the Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act - or "pole tax" - during the 2007 legislative session, strip club owners immediately challenged the fee in court.