The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced voting advocate Myrna Pérez for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as Republicans lashed out over her potentially joining the bench.

The committee moved Pérez, the director of the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Elections Program at New York University, to the Senate floor on a nearly party-line vote of 12-10. Sen. Lindsey Graham was the sole Republican to vote in favor of her nomination, through a proxy vote. Graham has consistently supported or abstained from votes on Biden’s nominees in the committee, allowing them to move quickly to the Senate floor.

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