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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 00:38

Thousands of trans people to be prevented from voting in midterm elections

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As you know, there will be the midterm elections in November, but do you know that many trans people will be prevented from voting?

As the Williams Institute reports, about 78,000 trans people don't have documents that reflect their identities. They risk losing their right to vote in states with strong voter identity laws.

There are eight states with such laws:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

They demand that voters provide a government-issued photo ID. When voting, the poll workers decide whether this photo matches information in registration roles.

You understand that some photos won't match gender shown in the official documents. And then some id documents don't reflect the gender or the name of a transgender person.

“Transgender people who have transitioned often face substantial challenges to obtaining accurate identification,” said lead author Jody L. Herman, a public policy scholar at the Williams Institute. “Requirements for updating the name and gender on official IDs that could be used for voting vary widely by state and federal agency, and the process can be difficult and expensive.”

She calls on lawmakers, election officials and government agencies "to work to ensure that transgender people have equal access to vote."

According to the Williams Institute, trans people of color, young adults, students, and those with low incomes and disabilities are at risk.

“Strict voter ID laws could deny thousands of citizens who would otherwise be eligible to vote an opportunity to participate in the democratic process and have their voices heard at the ballot box,” said Herman.

Many trans people won't be able to vote in the midterm elections and these are the ones who are targeted by the government's policy and would like to express their disagreement through this vote.


Lezbelib is the online magazine that helps LGBTQ+ women to stay updated with entertaining blogs and breaking news about LGBT rights.