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The 24th Amendment? Isn’t that the one about poll taxes?
A new report from Campus Reform says it’s an issue at Texas A&M University, where voters who travel by car must pay a parking fee to vote at the polling place on campus.
The university, which had lobbied to host an early polling place, charges a minimum $2 fee at the parking facility used by voters.
Campus Reform said it contacted the university’s Transportation Services department to ask about parking provisions.
The representative of the school “said that voters must pay to park in a garage across from the voting location at a rate of $2 per hour. The garage is not pro-rated, so even if a voter parked for 5 minutes, they would still pay $2.”
“Everyone who’s voting has to pay per space in the University Center Garage,” the Transportation Services representative, identified only as Carolyn, told Campus Reform.
It apparently is not a good idea to try to avoid the fee, the report documented.
Students Marc Pitts and Kelsey Magliolo said they went to the university to vote. A short-term parking location outside the voting area was blocked off for construction, but there was another nearby lot that “was almost completely empty.”
Magliolo reported she parked, voted and came back to find a $40 citation on her car.
“If Texas A&M wants to host a voting location, free and convenient parking should be available to voters,” said Pitts. “The state should not be charging students a poll tax to vote.”
School officials declined to comment to Campus Reform.
The 24th Amendment states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for president or vice president, for electors for president or vice president, or for senator or representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.’