Voting Rights

Partners in Voter Suppression

Disturbing news from Ohio and the Justice Department:

Partners in Voter Suppression – The New York Times

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Brennan Center for Justice Reports

Democracy In North Carolina Could Disappear. Is Your State Next? | Brennan Center for Justice

‘State legislatures are increasingly experimenting with anti-democratic electoral laws, like new restrictions on voting access and extreme gerrymandering.’ Chilling voting rights news from Brennan.

The only states where voter’s voters count in Presidential elections?

us swing states

Brennan Center for Justice
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Nancy Abudu- Bio

Nancy Abudu, ACLUNancy Abudu joined the ACLU of Florida as the Legal Director in 2013.  Prior to becoming Legal Director, Nancy served as senior staff counsel with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where she litigated civil rights cases in federal and state courts, and provided legal advice to ACLU affiliates around the country, cooperating attorneys, and others seeking assistance and information on issues such as felon disfranchisement, redistricting, challenges to photo ID and proof of citizenship laws, and general enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

She began her legal career as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York in the Products Liability/Mass Tort department. During her time with the firm, she was also a Skadden Extern with the Legal Aid Society of

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Hot Topics- Why Courts Matter

hot topics

Why Courts Matter: Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations, ACLU of Florida:

The Impact Federal Courts Decisions have on our daily Lives


  • Wednesday, September 20th
  • 11 am-1 pm
  • Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard, Lake Worth
  • Nancy Abudu’s Bio


Decisions of the federal courts have an enormous impact on so many aspects of our daily lives, from the civil rights we experience, to our right to health care, to our religious freedoms.

Voting rights issues remain in the forefront, as we continue to discuss allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression, launch efforts to repeal felon disfranchisement laws and gear up for the 2020 redistricting cycle.  Recent federal court decisions regarding roll backs to early voting, the rejection of absentee ballots and the ID laws have …

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League Update: July 20, 2017


League July update

The League Update

July 20, 2017

Voting Rights advocates rally



Dear Karen,

Yesterday, the Pence-Kobach ‘Election Integrity’ Commission met and we saw firsthand that this taskforce is set on making voting more difficult for voters. The League will NOT let this happen. We are out with an op-ed in the Kansas City Star and our petition has already reached more than 11,000 signers, who stand with us in saying, I will not let the Commission’s efforts to investigate voter fraud threaten my ability to exercise my right to vote. We have reached out to specific Secretaries of State who are on the Commission and in Indiana the League has joined a lawsuit objecting to the release of personal

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Suppress the American Vote


Dear Karen:

Voting brings us together as Americans—it is the one time we are all equal. But a new national task force, created to justify President Trump’s’Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections, is laying the groundwork for dangerous voter suppression across the country.

Don’t let a few select politicians suppress the votes of millions of Americans. Sign our petition today! 

The so-called ‘Election Integrity’ Commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is seeking to find potential fraudulent registration on voter rolls across the country. They’ve requested personal, confidential information from all fifty states that threatens the privacy of Americans.

There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. Stand with the League against these dangerous

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BOCC Meeting – July

Joyce Smookler
Joyce Smookler, Observer Corps Chair, read a statement on behalf of LWVPBC informing the Board of our support for restoration of voting rights for felons and encouraging all present to sign a petition in favor of our position. She also shared the news that LWVPBC is the 3rd largest league in the US.

The statement, prepared by President, Karen Wilkerson, will be read at all Board & Commission meetings attended by the Observer Corps members this month. Our goal is to keep elected officials aware of our activities. A different statement will be read each month.…

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Delray woman works to restore ex-felons’ voting rights

Delray woman works to restore ex-felons' voting rights

Joan Thurman, of Tampa, and Arlene Ustin, right, attended the National Conference for the National Organization for Women July 2 in Orlando. They were gathering petitions to get a constitutional amendment to restore ex-felons’ voting rights on the 2018 state ballot. (Arlene Ustin/Courtesy)

Delray Beach resident Arlene Ustin proudly declares her love for the United States and its freedoms.She also works tirelessly to gather signatures on a petition for a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. She has been collecting signatures since 2014…  read more

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Protect the Vote! Promote the Vote!

Promote, Protect the Vote

July 9, 2017

Next edition of the Newsletter- July 30



Modern western democracies are based on certain premises:
  • every citizen of voting-age should have an unobstructed right to vote
  • citizens have a duty to participate in the political system by voting and doing so thoughtfully
  • leaders are selected at elections by the majority of voters

That is how electoral democracy is supposed to function at the most basic level.  Of course, from the beginnings of this nation, each of these premises had major caveats: from denial of the right to vote to women until 1920 to effectively making the exercise of the vote for Blacks impossible (especially in the south) until 1965.   The Electoral College “insulated” the choice of the President from …

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On June 13, members and friends met at the Palm Beach Post Building to hear an evening Why Courts Matter presentation on the Role of the Courts in Immigration. Attorney Jackie Delgado provided a history of immigration in the United States and, also, explained the present systems that pertain to family sponsorships, “dreamers,” backlog of citizenship applications, etc.


This was the first in our 2017 series of Why Courts Matter. To view the entire presentation, please go to the LWVPBC’s Facebook page at

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