Interview with Rufus Lewis
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT KINDS OF REASONS DID THE REGISTRARS GIVE TURNING BLACK AWAY WHEN THEY CAME TO VOTE?

Rufus Lewis:

The most effective reason they would have is that, if you miss any single question, any unimportant answer, you were turned down. And that was the reason we had to get the registration forms, and get mimeograph machines, to mimeograph a large number of them, so that our people wouldn't miss a single question. Now, some of the questions was not important at all. But if you missed a question, you were denied. And that was the reason that we went into this getting as prepared as we possibly could, to, to answer the questions, and we did a fairly good job, because we studied them as thoroughly as we could. The people who went down then to register, they knew the questions, cause they studied them carefully. And many times I would take them down there and wait for them and bring them back. Now, if they didn't get registered, then we would send a complaint to the Governor.