Governor Orval Faubus of Little Rock claims that no minority group has been denied voting rights in Arkansas.
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INTERVIEWER: In view of the situation nationally, how do you think this movement will end?
Governor ORVAL FAUBUS: If it continues without some exercise of good judgment and restraint, it will continue as it is now, with disorder and, I think that perhaps be more bloodshed than there has been, and that’s a tragic thing to think about. But that’s the ultimate, when you push things to where there are conflicts, physical and otherwise, that’s inevitable.
INTERVIEWER: Governor Faubus, a lawsuit has been filed based on Amendment 14 of the U.S. Constitution, Section Two, which says that congressional representation can be reduced in any state where voting rights are denied. Now, do you know of any minority groups in Arkansas, which are denied the right to vote on any scale whatsoever?
FAUBUS: There are no minority groups in Arkansas that are denied the right to vote on any scale whatsoever. Everyone’s voted freely here, for so long as I’ve been in politics.
INTERVIEWER: Would you say for as much as the last 25 years, perhaps?
FAUBUS: The last 20 to 25 years, I’ve been familiar with politics for that length of time, and I know of no group that’s, where there’s been any effort to deny any group the right to vote.
In January 1955 in Hardin County, Texas, Leo Carr had to pay $1.50 to vote. That receipt for Carr's "poll tax" now resides in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In today’s dollars, Carr paid roughly $13.
“It’s a day’s wages,” explains William Pretzer, the museum’s senior history curator. “You’re asking someone to pay a day’s wages in order to be able to vote.”