Does the U.S. have a modern poll tax?
Jul 31, 2019

Does the U.S. have a modern poll tax?

A judge rules against nonprofits' "dark money" donors. Audi's ex-CEO gets caught up in the VW diesel scandal. How states still block people who can't afford to pay court fines from voting.

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Voting rights advocates equate fees to modern-day poll tax

In most states, a felony conviction can result in the loss of voting rights for some period of time.
Voters cast ballots in Chestertown, Maryland, in October 2018.
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Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Brian Allison Engineer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
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Alex Schroeder Producer

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