Newspaper clipping headlined, "Jordan, White clash over extension of Voting Rights Act," April 23, 1975
Newspaper clipping headlined, "Jordan, White clash over extension of Voting Rights Act," Houston Post, April 23, 1975. Barbara Jordan heads a plan to extend the federal Voting Rights Act within Texas, seeking to represent Mexican-American and African-American voters.
Clippings (information artifacts)
White, Mark, 1940-Briscoe, DolphVoter Registration Section of the Secretary of State's OfficeJordan, Barbara, 1936-1996
Voter registrationHispanic Americans--Politics and government
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"William P. Clements Campaign Records, 1977-1989"
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Clements Texas Papers
R 2 3 1975 Drdan, -bite eL sh over e 112gkii x74 -ri° en, 1,- of Voting Rights Act ST MIS' E 1Vashington Bureau tSHINGTON — Two s officials. Rep. Barbara ordan and Secretary of • Mark White, disagreed cly Tuesday over wheth. he Voting Mark White, ;reed publicly Tuesday r whether the Voting as Act of 1965 should be nded to include their rdan, a Houston Demo- • told the Senate judiciary ,committee on con- tional rights that Mexi- American voters in many s of Texas face the same of discrimination that ued blacks in the Deep h prior to the original age of the law 10 years • U t W'raile,...Arotised, Gov. Ai Briscoe and the Texas .slature for removing ly of the old roadblocks to -r_araticipOon and said :big the state uncle? the — act wbuld be. "unnec- ;ary and colanter- ruThve." ce Voting Rights Act is !duled to expire in August civil rights groups are hing for another 10-year ORDAN HAS co-sponsored, ig with Democratic Reps. man Badillo of New York ; Edward Roybal of Cali- aia, a compromise plan t would extend the law for years. The plan would ex- Id its coverage to include inish-speaking residents aughout all of Texas, plus as of California, Arizona, .v Mexico and Florida. heir proposal,. which is ng sponsored in the Senate would include under the act any state or county where less than 50 per cent of the eligible voters registered or cast ballots in the 1972 presi- dential election, and where at least 5 per cent of the citizens speak Spanish as a mother tongue. It would further declare that the failure to provide bilingual registration materi- als and ballots in areas with large Spanish-speaking popu- lations would constitute an il- legal "test or device" aimed at discrimination. T h e Voting Rights Act. which is now concentrated on the South plus a few scat- tered northern areas, requires that states and counties that are subject to the law must receive prior federal approval for any changes in local elec- tion statutes or procedures. THE COVERED areas are also eligible to have their elections monitored by feder- al poll watchers to guard against voting bias or dishon- esty. The Jordan-Badillo-Roybal plan is scheduled to be finally acted upon Wednesday by a House judiciary subcom- mittee. \Vhite tried to head off the proposal in his Tuesday testi- mony by insisting that the state can do an adequate job of policing itself. He said he "whole- heartedly" supports the goal of the Voting Rights Act "be- cause the right to vote is the keystone of the democratic system." But he claimed it should not be expanded to include Texas because the state has "dem- onstrated that where prob- lcsm exist, it's capable and mined to resolve its problems." Texas has only a "min- imal" amount of remaining voter discrimination against Mexican-Americans. White said, and Gov. Bricoe is com- mitted to eradicating it. "HIS (BRISCOE'S) instruc- tions to me were to do what- ever is necessary to ensure that each person in this state is availed the right to vote free frcm economic or physi- cal coercion and to draft and have introduced necessary legislation to guarantee this freedom." "We do not have a gover- nor in Texas who opposes change," White said. "We do not have a legislature in Texas which enacts restrictive legislation desioned to frus- trate and repress minority cit- izens." The secretary of state point- now passed a bill by State Sen. Jack Ogg, D-Houston, that would require bilingual regis- tration and election materials ed out that the legislature has in every Texas county with at least a five per cent Spanish- speaking population. He also praised legislation, still pending in the Texas Sen- ate, that would provide for state inspectors at any polling place and forbid persons from exerting economic or physical coercion against citizens try- in gto exercise their right to vote. BOUSTON POST "WE BELIEVE Texas has shown good faith and should be allowed to continue to show good faith in solving these problems," White con- tinued. He conceded that Texans "Eke all other Americans" have been "woefully remiss in exercising their right to vote," noting that only 31 per cent of the state's registered voters took part in last year's gubernatorial election. Nevertheless, the differ- ences in participation be- tween counties with large and small Spanish-speaking popu- lations are so slight as to be "indistinguishable," he said. "Regrettably, Texans with- out regard for race, color, creed or national origin are uniformly failing to exercise their right to vote," White claimed. Nevertheless, the subcom- mittee chairman, Sen. John Tunney, D-Calif., clearly fa- vors expanding the act to in. Cu ‘c%,,