Coming Test of New Civil Rights Act
Negro Voting in Spring Primaries in South
Primaries and run-off primaries soon to be held in southern states are expected to afford an initial test of the efficacy of new federal tools to safeguard the right to vote. Candidates seeking party nominations for local, state, and federal offices will be chosen in these primaries, the first of which is to take place in Alabama on May 6. Because victory in the Democratic primaries is tantamount to election in many parts of the South, these preliminary contests will be closely scrutinized for indications of any unlawful interference with processes involved in exercise of the franchise.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and numerous Negro voter leagues have undertaken ...