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Ratified in 1964, the 24th Amendment banned the taxation of individuals at polling places, which was common practice to suppress black voters in the South. This practice was called a poll tax. The removal of the poll tax from all voting systems was a leap in the Civil Rights Movement, and made great strides in protecting our fundamental democratic right to vote.

I was sitting in my dorm, reading or calculating or whatever us college students do, when my roommate came in and asked for a stamp. My curiosity overcame me, and I inquired as to what the use of the stamp would be. “For my ballot,” she responded.

I was confused. As a Californian, my ballot did not require postage. Which seemed right, right? All I was doing was submitting my ballot, a responsibility granted to me by our democratic nation. Paying for postage has the possibility of blocking some voters from submitting their ballot — from letting their voice be heard. Especially for out of state college students, who make up a significant amount of the population here at LMU, stamps are another obstacle in the voting process.

The requirement of postage on mail-in ballots is a poll-tax in its existence. There is no denying that this is not only unconstitutional, but also a clear act of voter suppression. Voting is a privilege and a right, but it cannot be available to only the privileged.

This is the opinion of Rebecca Singleton, a freshman chemistry major from Palmdale, California. Tweet comments @LALoyolan, or email jlee@theloyolan.com.

Rebecca is a freshman chemistry major from Palmdale, California. She enjoys bagels, The Office, obsessively rewatching Glee, and reminding the naive about how wonderful deserts are.

(2) comments

PLAIN OLD LION

This has got to be the funniest thing I have come across in some time. You already have ill-informed voting as told, squeezing excuses why they could not even get THAT straight- Then marching around like the deluded progressives they voted for when they come to realize you may even lose once in awhile.

Man with the Axe

Would you consider having to drive to the polling place another form of poll tax? Should the government have to provide an Uber for you?

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