“For government’s top lawyer on voting rights, presidential election has already begun”

Nice Sari Horwitz profile of Justin Levitt in the Washington Post. (Justin has been an ELB blogger but not while he’s at DOJ.)

Levitt would not discuss specific cases, except to say that although the department is hampered by the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling, there is “an immense amount going on in the voting section to make sure that the rules we play by are fair, not just focused on this election, but well into the future.”

One of the cases the department is litigating in Texas, for example, was brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color or membership in a language minority group. The voting section’s about 70attorneys also enforce laws on the accessibility of voting for the elderly and handicapped, along with members of the military and citizens living overseas.

While the primaries are still weeks away, Levitt said that ballots have already been sent overseas for voters from New Hampshire who are living abroad or serving in the armed forces.

“The 2016 election season has begun,” Levitt said.



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