Interview with Gov. George C. Wallace
QUESTION 43
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING ELSE THAT JOE SMITHERMAN SAID TO US, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE VOTER, VOTING REGISTRATION PROCESS IN SELMA AND JOE SMITHERMAN SAYS THAT IT WAS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE DEMONSTRATIONS TO BE GOING ON IN SELMA BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO THERE. HE SAID THAT IF THE SYSTEM WAS TO BE CHANGED, IT HAD TO BE CHANGED UP HERE IN MONTGOMERY, AND UH, HE SAID ACTUALLY IT WAS IN YOUR HANDS THAT YOU COULD CHANGE THE SYSTEM.

Gov. George C. Wallace:

No, I couldn't change it, The Governor of Alabama cannot change laws, and the and as I recall the requirements, it was a long time ago was that you had to be able to read and write and sign your name. I don't believe it was a, before that it was a constitution test which was unconstitutional in its face, it was not fair, but I didn't think hat most Alabamians thought that anybody voted on at least they would read and write and understand what they were voting on.

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