Critical Resources For Trans Voters
By David Stout
September 1, 2012
The National Center for Transgender Equality has released two new resources to help address the impact of a wave of specious voter ID laws enacted by 19 Republican-led state legislatures in the last two years. Conservative estimates from the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles reveal that more than 25,000 transgender people could lose their right to vote as a result of the changes.
NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said, “Transgender people are already imagined to be committing gender fraud. Now these new voter ID laws could set us up to be accused of voter fraud. Most transgender people have never had problems voting before but this year is different. When a transgender person shows up to a polling place with a name or appearance that isn’t perceived to match their voter registration records or their photo ID, they could be turned away.”
Voting While Trans: Preparing for the New Voter ID Laws explains what identification transgender people need to vote in their state. The Voting While Trans Checklist is a one-page guide to educate poll workers and election officials on the voting rights of transgender people. Both documents can be downloaded at www.votingwhiletrans.org/download.html.