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Closing Polling Places Is the 21st Century’s Version of a Poll Tax, Writes REI Research Associate Joshua Inwood

Penn State Geographer and Rock Ethics Institute Research Associate Joshua Inwood Writes in the Conversation That Closing Polling Places Is Tantamount to a Poll Tax. Unlike past poll taxes, the modern poll tax isn’t paid in money, but in time – how long it takes a person to get to a polling place, and, once there, how long it takes for them to actually cast their ballot.
by David Price Mar 25, 2020

Joshua InwoodDelays and long lines at polling places during recent presidential primary elections represent the latest version of decades-long policies that have sought to reduce the political power of African Americans in the U.S., writes Rock Ethics Institute Research Associate Joshua Inwood in the Conversation.

Unlike past poll taxes, the modern poll tax isn't paid in money, but in time – how long it takes a person to get to a polling place, and, once there, how long it takes for them to actually cast their ballot.