Statement from Senator John J. Williams introducing the Clean Elections amendment to the Voting Rights Act

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Following President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of the Voting Rights bill on March 15, 1965, Senator Williams introduced the "Clean Elections" amendment to the bill on March 18, 1965. Williams emphasized that although he supported the principle that every American citizen have the right to vote, he also believed that the process of participating in the election process was nullified by fraudulent voting behaviors, such as vote buying and false voter information. The "Clean Elections" amendment sought to penalize such behavior and ensure an honest and clean election process.

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Williams, John J. (John James), 1904-1988. "Statement from Senator John J. Williams introducing the Clean Elections amendment to the Voting Rights Act." Papers of Senator John J. Williams, University of Delaware Library. Accessed 06 December 2019. http://acsc.lib.udel.edu/items/show/34.

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Statement from Senator John J. Williams introducing the Clean Elections amendment to the Voting Rights Act

Subject

United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Description

Following President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of the Voting Rights bill on March 15, 1965, Senator Williams introduced the "Clean Elections" amendment to the bill on March 18, 1965. Williams emphasized that although he supported the principle that every American citizen have the right to vote, he also believed that the process of participating in the election process was nullified by fraudulent voting behaviors, such as vote buying and false voter information. The "Clean Elections" amendment sought to penalize such behavior and ensure an honest and clean election process.

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Williams, John J. (John James), 1904-1988

Source

Papers of Senator John J. Williams, University of Delaware Library

Publisher

Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Date

1965-03-18

Contributor

University of Delaware Library

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District of Columbia