Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Voter ID Laws Affect Trans People

When politicians talk about voter i.d. laws, they often neglect to mention how these laws affect transgender people. The Advocate has a good write-up on how such laws in ten states will potentially disenfranchise trans people during the November elections:
The 10 "strict photo ID states" that researchers at the University of California Los Angeles's Williams Institute considered were Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Within these states, approximately 24,000 trans citizens whose identification documents do not reflect their correct gender could become disenfranchised. This is an estimated 28 percent of the states' voting-eligible trans population.

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