Impact of Strict Voter ID Laws on Transgender Voters in 2018 General Election
By Jody L. Herman and Taylor N.T. Brown
Eight U.S. states currently have strict voter ID laws that require voters provide a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport or military ID, in order to vote at the polls. An estimated 137,000 transgender people who have transitioned will be eligible to vote in the November 2018 general election in these states, but 57%–approximately 78,000–of them may not have identification or documentation that accurately reflects their gender.
Transgender people of color, young adults, students, people with low incomes and people with disabilities are likely overrepresented among the 78,000 voting-eligible transgender people who face barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement in the November 2018 general election.