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Nancy
Abudu

Nancy Abudu is the Director of Legal Operations at the ACLU of Florida. She litigates cases in federal and state courts and provides legal advice to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys working with the ACLU pro bono. Abudu was previously a staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and was an associate at Skadden, Arps in New York. She has also represented victims of domestic violence on behalf of the Legal Aid Society of New York and has testified at the United Nations on human rights issues.

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

Why Have 1.5 Million Floridians Been Banned from Voting?

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida & Joyce Hamilton Henry, ACLU of Florida at 3:14pm
The struggle to protect the fundamental right to vote for people with a felony conviction is nothing new in this country, but has now reached a crisis level. Almost six million people are denied the right to vote because of felon disfranchisement laws that perpetuate racial and economic disparities by excluding citizens from the democratic process even after they have paid their debt to society. Last week none other than Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) came out in favor of restoring the right to vote for the formerly incarcerated.
The Supreme Court Hears More About the Right to Vote

The Supreme Court Hears More About the Right to Vote

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida at 1:30pm

On Monday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Arizona, et al. v. ITCA, Inc., et al., the second of two important voting rights cases that the Court will hear in less than a month involving Congress' authority to enact laws to increase access…

The Right to Vote: Another Victim of the War on Drugs

The Right to Vote: Another Victim of the War on Drugs

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida at 4:18pm

June 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost roughly a trillion dollars, has produced little to no effect on the supply of or demand for drugs in the United…

Racial Bias Is Inherent in State Felony Disfranchisement Laws

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida at 4:59pm

Racial disparities in the criminal justice system have an undeniable impact on our political landscape. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considered the nature of that impact when it recently heard arguments in Farrakhan v. Gregoire, which challenges…

Restoring the Right to Vote in Washington

By Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida at 4:03pm

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the state of Washington's law barring individuals with felony convictions from voting is a clear violation of the Voting Rights Act because the law has a racially discriminatory…

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