Clean Elections


Following President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of the Voting Rights bill on March 15, 1965, Senator Williams introduced the "Clean Elections" amendment to the bill on March 18, 1965. Williams emphasized that although he supported the principle that every American citizen have the right to vote, he also believed that the process of participating in the election process was nullified by fraudulent voting behaviors, such as vote buying and false voter information.  The "Clean Elections" amendment to Senate Bill 1564 sought to penalize such behavior and ensure an honest and clean election process.