Voter photo ID issues faced by transgender Virginians

Richmond Times-Dispatch,  October 20, 2019

The presenter Jennifer Safstrom, who works with the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, cited a recent study by The Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law that estimated about 8,300 voting-eligible trans Virginians may not have identification or documentation that accurately reflects their gender.

Safstrom said the fear is that because the photo ID may not match a person’s appearance, especially if they recently transitioned, a poll worker may question if they are who they say they are and potentially out them as transgender without permission.

To avoid any issues on election day, Safstrom recommended folks go to their local registrar’s office to get a free state voter ID card, which includes a current photo and no gender marker.

By Ali Rockett

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