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friday, September 22, 1972
lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 1 2
Friday and Saturday are the last days for Lincoln
residents to take advantage of 13 special voter
registration locations throughout the city.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled residency
requirements similiar to those in Nebraska
unconstitutional, an individual may register to vote in
the Nov. 7 general election by telling election officials
he has lived in the state for one day and considers it
his legal residence.
However, by registering in Lincoln, a person could
be forced to take on added responsibilities as a citizen
of the city, including jury duty and the payment of
city wheel tax when registering a motor vehicle in
To vote in the November election, one must
register by Oct. 27. The Election Commissioner's
off;ce is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
On Oct. 27, the office will stay open until 6 p.m.
Additional voter registration hours will be
provided during October at Gateway Shopping
Center, according to an official in the commissioner's
office. Dates and times will be announced.
The thirteen locations open Friday and Saturday
from 4-8 - are Belmont Jack & Jill, 11th and
Belmont; Kichmon Gordman Store, 4600 Vine; Mr. B
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Pioneer, 6235 Have lock, 1535 No. 27th and 23rd and
O; Recreation Center No. 1, 1225 F; Easterday
Center, 6200 Adams; Leon's Food Mart, Winthrop
Road and Ryons; and Gen. Arnold School, 5300 W.
Noting that the youth vote has a ways to go in
Nebraska, Secretary of State Allen Beerman said he
doubts if even 40 percent of the state's 18- and
19-year-olds have registered yet.
Beerman said most young voter registration drives
have been confined to college campuses. More than
half of the young eligible voters are working, in
military service or in technical schools, he said.
Beerman said he doubts whether half of the newly
enfranchised voters will register in time for the
A person must be 18 years old on or before Nov. 7
to vote in the election.
by Michael (O.J.) Nelson
In 1946 Richard Milhaus Nixon, a California lawyer, was
asked to run for office. The request came from a local GOP
official, who first asked if Nixon was Republican.
"I guess so," he replied, "I voted for Dewey last time."
The answer apparently satisfied the party official, because a
few months later Nixon was campaigning for Congress. He
denounced Democrats, social reformers and communists a
combination he eventually parleyed into a U.S. Senate seat,
two terms as Vice President and eventually. Chief of State.
He was a hard campaigner. He molded his first opponent,
Rep. Jerry Voorhis, into a symbol of big government
meddlesomeness. The 33-year-old attorney's campaign
literature said Voohis "stayed safely behind the front in
Washington" while Nixon "fought in defense of his country in
the stinking mud and jungles of the Solomon (Islands)."
The Democrat's past proved an easy target for Nixon.
Voorhis was first elected to Congress in 1936 as a "New
Dealer." He had supported social welfare legislation and, in his
youth, had mixed with socialists and populists.
The two met in a series of five debates. Throughout them
Nixon put his opponent on the defensive. He attacked his
association with "liberal-radical labor unions" and the Truman
administration, which the Republicans said was "leading the
nation down the road to socialism."
Nixon won the election and spent his first two years in the
House as a relentless foe of communists, subversives and
Democrats. He served on the House UnAmerican Activities
Committee (HUAC) and was one of the people responsible for
the conviction of Alger Hiss, former aide to President Franklin
Roosevelt, on charges of subversion. It was the only major
conviction to come out of the post World War 1 1 McCarthy
His anticommunist activities resulted in passage of the
Mundt-Nixon Bill, which required the registration of
"communist front organizations." The bill, plus the Hiss
conviction, made green political hay for the young
representative. He won re-election in 1948, and in 1950
decided to run for the U.S. Senate.
The Senate race was modeled on his two congressional
campaigns. He tagged his oppoent, Helen Douglas, 'The Pink
Lady." He hammered at his perennial theme: "reds in
government." Douglas tried to play-up her anticommunist
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by Chris Harper
The lonely graduate student watched as the ancient
mimeograph machine churned out literature for a variety of
anti-Cold War causes, including the defeat of the
Nixon-Mundt bill to register "Communist front
The student, George S. McGovern, was a 26-year-old
graduate assistant in the history department at Northwestern
University. The battle between McGovern and President Nixon
began at that mimeograph machine more than 24 years ago in
McGovern'i first serious political involvement began with
his support cf Hsnry Wallace, former vice president under
Franklin D. Roosevelt and presidential nominee of the leftist
He supported Wallace because "U.S. foreign policy was
needlessly exacerbating tensions with the Soviet Union and we
were wrong in our support of Chiang, the French in Indochina,
and Bao Dai. I was unhappy with the direction that the
Democratic Party was taking at that time. I likrd what Wallace
had to say about foreign policy."
However, disillusionment engulfed McGovern, at the
Progressive Party convention in Philadelphia. He was chosen as
an Illinois delegate, but became disappointed with the
"fanaticism" of some of Wallace's cohorts and finally did not
vote in the 1948 presidential election.
McGovern completed his gradudate work at Northwestern
and returned home to Mitchell, S.D., to teach at Dakota
Wesleyan University. He taught history and American
government until 1953 when he became a full-time organizer
for the South Dakota Democratic Party.
When he bec'ame Coordinator, no Democrat held a state
office and only two of 110 state legislators were Democrats.
Republicans had won more than 90 per cent of all South
Dakota elections since 1889.
In 1972 both the South Dakota governor and lieutenant
governor are Democrats. Both congressmen, a senator and 41
of 110 state legislators are Democratic Party members.
McGovern warned South Dakotans of the jeopardy of the
one-party rule. A combination of McGovern'i organization,
speaking engagements and note cards aided the election of 25
Democrats to the state legislature in 1954, according to
McGovern, a biography by Robert Sam Anson (copyright
1972, Holt, Rinehart, Winston).
For all practical purposes, George Stanley McGovern should
not be the Democratic presidential nominee. Furthermore, he
should never have been a senator or a congressmen the book
McGovern always has been the underdog. In 1956 he
decided to run for the House of Representatives against Rep.
Harold Lovre, a four-time incumbent and South Dakota's top
vote-getter in 1954.
A spring poll showed that McGovern trailed Lovre by a
margin of 56 per cent. He turned the poll's predictions into a
12,000 vote victory in the November election.
The South Dakotan faced Gov. Joe Foss in 1956 for the
same congressional seat. Many of McGovern'i friends bid him
farewell in Washington as the election drew closer. They said
he could never win. He swamped Foss by nearly 15,000 votes
in the November balloting.
In 1960 McGovern eyed the U.S. Senate seat held by Karl
Mundt, a congressman of 14 years. The election was a closely
contested battle until an endorsement of Mundt by the late
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the unpopularity of John F.
Kennedy in South Dakota combined to destroy McGovern.
After Kennedy's election, he started a new program, Food
for Peace, and selected McGovern as its first director in 1961.
The program served the hungry people of America and
foreign nations. The American farmer also benefited from the
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