Two-Front Attack on Voting Barriers
Efforts to eliminate a high barrier to voting by Negroes in the South are expected to precipitate the first prolonged filibuster in the present session of Congress. Shortly after the Senate returns from its Easter recess, a motion will be made to take up a bill, introduced by Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D Mont.) and co-sponsored by Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (R III.), aimed to deprive southern states and communities of their most effective means of restricting exercise of the franehise by Negroes. It would do so by providing that any person who had completed the sixth grade in primary school, and was otherwise qualified by law, could not be denied the right to vote through the device of ...