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The voting rights of Negroes continued to be the hottest issue in the South.

¶ Alabama's New Dealing Senator Lister Hill called on his state to "follow the admirable example set by Georgia" (TIME, Feb. 12) and repeal the poll tax. His proposal was 1) cheered by editorialists, 2) ignored by Alabama legislators.

¶ Having taken one step forward by its admirable example, the Georgia Legislature now took two steps back. Up rose grey-haired Senator Roy McGinty to propose that Negroes be permitted to vote in Democratic primaries. The Senate listened politely. When the vote came, down went McGinty...

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