California to start first-in-the-nation training to help transgender voters

San Francisco Chronicle
by Joe Garofoli
October 25, 2019

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will announce a first-in-the-nation partnership Friday with an LGBTQ civil rights group to train poll workers to make it easier for gender-nonconforming and transgender voters to cast ballots, The Chronicle has learned.

In most cases, California voters are not required to show identification to a polling-place worker. Still, many transgender and gender-nonconforming voters may be registered under a name that does not match their gender presentation.

That can lead to situations when voters are asked to produce additional identification or even a utility bill. Advocates and state officials fear that such experiences could depress turnout among California’s estimated 190,000 eligible transgender voters, potentially affecting tight races.

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