The Congress: Extending the Franchise

Since its passage in 1965, the Voting Rights Act has added 800,000 blacks to voter registration rolls in seven Southern states. In December, following a proposal of the Nixon Administration, the House agreed to weaken the statute by eliminating the Justice Department's right to send in registrars and review voting laws in states covered by the statute. The Senate was determined to maintain the law, but last week it went much further than that. By a surprisingly large vote of 64 to 12, it passed an omnibus voting measure that not only...

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