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 underlying authority for the states to enact poll taxes, age requirements, or property requirements was in fact given through the Constitution.
The provisions that came out of those conventions, from poll taxes to grandfather clauses to literacy tests were almost all struck down by the Warren Court and the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
If it is not extended, the return of poll taxes and literacy tests is a remote possibility, but in this age of a Republican controlled House and Senate, even that far-flung prospect is too close for comfort to many.