Voter Registration in Carroll

(1960’s) The Voting Rights Act worked to counteract the harsh requirements of Mississippi’s 1890 Constitution. In The Voting Rights Act:the first months, the United States Commission on Civil Rights collected data from selected counties in Mississippi shortly after the Voting Rights Act was passed. The non-white population of voting age in Carroll County was 2,704 at the time of the 1960 Census. In 1964, five non-white residents of Carroll County were registered to vote. During August and September of 1965, 167 non-whites were registered to vote in Carroll County. The commission also reported the number of whites and African-Americans that were accepted and rejected in selected Mississippi counties. As of September 25, 1965, 48 whites and 167 African-Americans were accepted as registered voters. County registration officials did not keep rejection statistics by race but estimated that two whites and two African-Americans had been rejected as registered voters.

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U.S. COMM’N ON CIVIL RIGHTS, THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT:THE FIRST MONTHS 39 (1965).