ERIC Number: ED105014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-5
Reference Count: N/A
Statement by J. Stanley Pottinger, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, before the Sub-Committee on Civil Rights and Constitutional Rights of the House Judiciary Committee on the Extension of the Voting Rights Act.
Pottinger, J. Stanley
Testimony is presented on the extension of those provisions of the Voting Rights Act which are due to expire later in 1975. The testimony describes the facts and reasoning which support President Ford's recommended Bill, H.R.2148. Also discussed are H.R.'s939, 3247 and 3501. The latter two bills propose that additional changes should be made in the Act, primarily to protect further the rights of Mexican-American and Puerto Rican citizens. The role of the Department of Justice in drafting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is noted: The Act was based in part on facts and case law developed by the Department under prior voting rights legislation, and the primary task of federal enforcement of the Act was and is placed on the Department. The Civil Rights Division particularly the Voting Section--has therefore accumulated a large amount of information pertinent to assessing the need for any extension of the Voting Rights Act in the opinion of the witness. A list of additional information and exhibits developed by the Division's staff is submitted with the testimony presented here. The witness concludes that the most urgent task of the Committee relating to the Voting Rights Act is to agree promptly on a Bill extending Sections 4 and 201 for an additional five years. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Voting Rights Act 1965