President Hails Passage Of U.S. 24th Amendment By HARRY KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — President President Johnson has hailed as a triumph of liberty a new amendment to the Constitution outlawing the poll tax as a requirement requirement for vpting in. elections elections for federal oifice. The 24th Amendment was written into the law of the land this election year when South Launch Is Delayed For Echo 2 Balloon VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP)—The launch- nications satellite, was postponed postponed after a television camera in the second-stage rocket developed developed technical problems. It had been scheduled to be launched early today from this West Coast missile center? The U.S. space agency announced announced the postponement Thursday night. The camera is designed to photograph inflation in space of the 135-foot diameter diameter balloon. SEARCH CONTINUED FOR MAN ON RAFT HONOLULU (AP) — Planes took to the air again today in the search for a man reportedly reportedly seen in a raft floating 430 miles off tiny Johnson Island in the Pacific. Thirty hours were spent Wednesday and Thursday in a hunt that covered 48,000 square miles of ocean. Searchers believe the man sighted Wednesday must be from a C124 Air Force cargo plane that went down with nine men Jan. 2. They said no other rafts could possibly be in the area. Johnson is 750 miles southwest southwest of Honolulu. Visibility in Dakota Thursday became the 38th state to approve it. Ratification Ratification by three-fourths of the 50 states was required. Johnson said in a statement it was a "verification of the people's rights which are rooted rooted so deeply in the mainstream of this nation's history." "This triumph, now of liberty over restriction is a grateful and proud moment for 'me," Johnson said. He added: "The tide of a strong national desire to bring about the broadest possible use of the voting process runs too strong to hold back. "In a free land where men move freely and act freely, the right to vote freely must never be obstructed." While certification ceremonies ceremonies probably will be held here later, they are only a formality. formality. Once South Dakota's legislature legislature completed its ratification no further legal action was required. required. The amendment provides that the right to Vote in any primary or general election for president president or vice president, or for senator or representative in the Congress, shall' not be denied because of the failure to pay a poll tax or any other tax. The poll tax, the payment of a fee as a requirement for voting, voting, has long been caught up in controversy with civil rights defenders defenders charging that it was used to keep Negroes from casting ballots. Only five states — Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia—still have the poll tax. The new amendment will not bar these states from continuing continuing to require voters in • state elections to pay a poll tax, since it applies only to elections for federal office.