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Transgender Voters: Know Your Rights

by GLAAD | 9.7.18

This November, as many as 78,000 transgender Americans could have difficulty voting due to the strict identification requirements at the polls. In 8 states: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin, voters are required to provide a government issued photo ID (driver’s license, U.S. passport, etc.) in order to vote at the polls. In these states, government and election officials and poll workers decide whether a voter’s identification accurately identifies the voter and matches the info listed in voter registration rolls.

This is often challenging because more than two-thirds (68%) of trans people report that none of their identification reflects the name and gender they prefer. Obtaining accurate identification can be very difficult and expensive to change. Even with accurate identification, poll workers may challenge trans people about the accuracy of their identification.

This election has the potential to dramatically impact equality and acceptance for LGBTQ people. Transgender voters should not be denied the right to vote!

If you are transgender, be prepared when you go to the polls.

Click here for the National Center for Transgender Equality's guide to #VotingWhileTrans

Supporters and allies, amp your voice by pledging to vote for equality in the midterm elections and start a movement to repeal discriminatory voter ID laws.


Written by GLAAD

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