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The White House named Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt to be its voting rights adviser Monday in its push for federal legislation that would make sweeping changes to the nation's elections.
"Levitt will assist the President in his efforts to ensure every eligible American has secure, reliable access to a meaningful vote; to provide equitable representation in federal, state and local government; to restore trust in a democracy deserving of that trust; and to shore up and expand the avenues by which all Americans engage in robust civic participation," said aannouncing his appointment.
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Levitt, who began teaching at the school in California in 2010, worked on voting rights issues as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division during the Obama administration. Democrats are pushing to pass, a 791-page measure that would make sweeping changes to the electoral process.
The legislation, a wish list of policies that voting rights advocates have urged lawmakers to adopt for years, rethinks the voting process: how people register to vote, how ballots are cast and how states conduct.
The goal is to improve access, for voters of color in particular. The bill would also create public financing systems for campaigns and ethics rules for candidates.
Voting rights advocates say the legislation. However, Republicans, who are pushing restrictive voting laws at the state level, argue that the legislation would federalize election administration, and they have .
Voting Rights Inspire Company Words While Actions Fall Short .
Corporate America is sounding the alarm over moves in Republican-led states to limit access to voting. But few companies have been willing to put their political might behind federal laws to protect those rights, underscoring the challenge to stopping such efforts, which disproportionately affect voters of color. Hundreds of U.S. corporations and executives signed a two-page ad published last week in the New York Times and Washington Post that opposed laws that would make it harder to vote, underscoring friction between the business community and the GOP establishment. Amazon.com Inc., Blackrock Inc., Facebook Inc., General Motors Co.