The Congress: Cutting the Mustard

In its laborious trip through the Senate Judiciary Committee in recent weeks, the Administration's voting-rights bill underwent considerable broadening. One amendment extended automatic coverage in voter protection to "pockets of discrimination" in the South where less than 25% of the voting-age populace of any race is registered. Another empowered courts to install federal registrars anywhere in the nation where U.S. attorneys prove that voter discrimination exists. But the bill contained a potential loophole: the possibility that Southern states might try to discourage Negroes from voting by imposing exorbitant poll taxes.


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