Interview with Hodding Carter III
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

HOW WERE THE REGISTRARS SELECTED?

Hodding Carter III:

The registrars were elected by the general populace, voting populace, which means they were elected by whites in the eighty-two counties and they had sole control of the registration and voting procedures in those counties. The State Legislature of course set the laws under which they operated. The—really the range of what was called massive resistance, legislation, left virtually nothing untouched in aspects of public life and in private life. That is to say an associational life. They were simply going to see to it that no one deviated from total conformity to what was called our way of life. And that, so they had the almost total support of the white population.