Politics: The Black Ballot

One of the biggest imponderables in this year's elections is the impact of the South's new Negro voters, 325,000 of whom have been registered in the five states principally affected by the civil rights movement. The 1965 Voting Rights Act, followed this year by the U.S. Supreme Court's abolition of state poll taxes, has already wrought subtle changes in the style and structure of Southern politics. The transformation is bound to quicken as more and more Negroes are enfranchised.

One probability is that Negroes will not necessarily support Negro candidates. To attract...

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