Tens of thousands of transgender Americans may be barred from voting in the midterms — and it may keep Congress red

The Raw Story 
Noor Al-Sibai
August 10, 2018


According to a new study, as many as 78,000 transgender Americans may have difficulty voting in the 2018 midterm elections due to strict voter ID laws that require photo identification cards where one’s name and gender marker match their presentation.

Washington, D.C.’s Metro Weekly reported that the study was conducted by the Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank run by the University of California-Los Angeles law school.

Researchers at Williams estimated that there are 137,000 transgender people living in Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia — states where “poll workers require voters to provide a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, or military ID, in order to cast a ballot.”

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