Biden judicial nominee: Voter ID, proof of citizenship forms of ‘voter suppression’

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One of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees argued previously that voter ID and proof of citizenship were forms of “voter suppression.”

A nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit called Nancy Gbana Abudu has ties with the ACLU as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Abudu worked for the ACLU from 2005-19. In following the Biden Administration’s goal of selecting diverse judges, Abudu would be the first African-American woman judge to sit on the Eleventh Circuit.

In 2011, Abudu told a local media outlet that 95 percent of the work she does with the ACLU is in voting rights.

“Obviously, we do a lot when it comes to voter suppression, which includes five priority areas: photo ID, proof of citizenship, restrictions we see when it comes to registration…early voting as well as absentee voting and the restrictions we see when it comes to criminal convictions. We also do a lot with student voting.”

Abudu called voter ID the “biggest concern” regarding voter suppression. She also noted the ACLU’s work on a bill called the Democracy Restoration Act that would allow people who have completed their prison terms to vote.


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