Nation: Doubters with Points

The word from the White House to Capitol Hill was perfectly plain: Don't mess around with the Administration's new voting-rights bill, just pass it fast. Sentiment in Congress was for doing just that. But there were some doubters —and they had some points.

Among them was North Carolina Democrat Sam Ervin, a former member of his state's Supreme Court, now a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. At the outset of hearings before the committee, Ervin took on Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach for a full seven hours.

The Far-Flung Net. Ervin noted that the bill provides for federal voting registrars to be sent...

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