Interview with Erle Johnston
QUESTION 32
INTERVIEWER:

OK, BUT FURTHER ALONG WITH THAT, DID THE SOVEREIGNTY COMMISSION HAVE ANY POSITION ON, ON THE VOTING PROJECT, THE VOTING EDUCATION PROJECT?

Erle Johnston:

The Sovereignty Commission took the position at least I did in some speeches that I made which was the same thing as Governor Johnson's position and that was that we needed to repeal to the come constitutional requirements about voting. That had been blamed in a way for the fact that so many of the blacks did not vote. You may have heard that they were asked crazy questions when they came to apply to vote and one of the old stories was, if I couldn't get to [unintelligible] into this conversation, was that the black man was asked to interpret a document if he was going to vote. And really it was something it was written in Chinese and the black man says yes I can read it, it says that this man ain't going to vote, and that was it. So, that of course was the thing, when, that, I'll say this for Charles Evers and the NAACP, that's where he directed his efforts was to get blacks to vote. He said if you get the vote, you get the strength, and he was so right.