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Justice Department Wants Louisiana Voting Law Struck Down

Dec. 28, 1961 - The Justice Department asked a Federal court today to strike down a Louisiana law requiring voters to pass a constitutional interpretation test. A suit filed in New Orleans said the test was a device to keep Negroes from registering and voting. The disputed requirement was made a part of the Louisiana Constitution in 1921. This was the 15th voting case brought by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and his civil rights chief, Burke Marshall, this year. In the three previous years, the Eisenhower Administration brought 10 cases under the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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