Infographic: Trans voters and photo id laws

Trans Voting Guide

Click to enlarge. Transgender Votes and Photo ID Laws by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Image via Bilerico.

As E.J. Graff explores in her column over at the American Prospect, it’s pretty bizarre that we need to report our sex when we go to vote in the first place. “Why identify my sex [when I go to vote]?” Graff asks. “Would I get a different ballot?”

The concept seems ridiculous until we realize just how serious the issue of voter suppression is right now. Voter id laws are an insidious voter suppression tactic which, while not new by any means, are gearing up to play a revitalized role in our elections. And they threaten to silence hundreds of thousands of (mostly democratic) votes in  November, with people of color, women, trans people, young people, and poor people disproportionately affected.

To that end, hopefully the infographic above helps answer some of the crucial questions that come up when attempting to vote while trans. For more, including PSAs, educational resources for poll workers, and a state-by-state breakdown of voter ID laws, visit

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Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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