Civil Rights Act of 1960 Law and Legal Definition

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is a federal law that established federal inspection of local voter registration rolls. The Act introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone's attempt to register to vote or actually vote.

“Whoever, by threats or force, willfully prevents, obstructs, impedes, or interferes with, or willfully attempts to prevent, obstruct, impede, or interfere with, the due exercise of rights or the performance of duties under any order, judgment, or decree of a court of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. No injunctive or other civil relief against the conduct made criminal by this section shall be denied on the ground that such conduct is a crime.” [18 USCS § 1509]