> Many a U. S. Founding Father, more than somewhat suspicious of democracy,† took comfort in upholding the poll tax principle, which neatly eliminated the great unwashed from a voice in naming the people's choice. Time, and the growth of democratic ideas, ate away the poll tax bulwarks—in the U. S. eight States still make a citizen clink cash on the counter before casting a vote.

Last week in Tennessee, which allows a person to pay the $1 poll tax for any member of his immediate family. Knoxville pastors and prominent citizens...

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