Abolish the Poll Tax! Fix the unjust US election system

By Scot Evans – November 3, 2008
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Rachel Maddow's smart commentary on the sad state of our election system.

Nov. 2: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow explains, before it was declared unconstitutional in 1964, voters in some states had to pay to cast their ballots. Is waiting upwards of 8 hours just to vote a new version of the old poll tax? How many Americans can't afford to spend hours online waiting to vote.

"This is a poll tax. How much do you get paid for an hour of work? Do you have the kind of job that would be delighted to give you an hour, a half-day, a whole day off work because you were waiting in line at your precinct? Even if it won't cost you your job, can you afford to not work those hours? Are you elderly or disabled, do you not have the physical stamina for this kind of exertion? This is a poll tax... Who is not in those lines — because they can't afford to be?"



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Scot Evans

Assistant Professor, Educational and Psychological StudiesUniversity of Miami

Dr. Evans joined the EPS faculty at the University of Miami in August, 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Community Research and Action at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 2005. He has a…


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