Interview with Lawrence Guyot
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

TELL ME WHAT, WHAT IS A POLL TAX?

Lawrence Guyot:

A poll tax was simply the, the payment of a certain amount of money by a certain date which allowed you to participate in elections providing you were already registered. Now, the poll tax was knocked out in 1966. But until we had a, we had quite a few counties in the upper part of the Delta that even when they were forced to register black people, they were not forced to accept the poll tax. So there were, there was two ways to prevent a person who should have been allowed to vote. OK, you're registered, but you didn't pay your poll tax. OK, I want to pay my poll tax. No, I'm not going to accept it.