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Voting Rights


Voting is a key part of our participation in society and having our voices heard in the issues that affect us all, and we have the right to vote regardless of gender identity. Having ID that doesn’t match your gender identity or presentation should not affect your right to cast a ballot, in any state. But with increasingly strict voter ID laws, trans people may face barriers—both because of difficulties in obtaining an ID that’s accepted, or because they might run into bias or misunderstandings of the law when it comes to their gender.

As the fight against restrictive voter ID and other voter suppression laws continues, knowing your rights can help avoid or solve problems at the polls. We want everyone to get out and vote!

View our "Voting While Trans" Checklist to find out what your state’s laws are, what to expect at the polls, and what to do in case your right to vote is challenged.



From the Blog

March 8, 2010

Looking to the Past, Looking to the Future

Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a day when about 600 non-violent civil rights marchers left to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

August 6, 2009

On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Today is the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, designed to ensure that African-Americans were able to exercise their right to vote.

March 14, 2008

Congress Investigates Potential Voter Suppression

For those of you who have been following voting rights issues, check out the Leadership Council on Civil Rights (LCCR) March 11th article about Congression

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