Potential Impact of Voter ID Laws for Transgender People

By Kathryn O’Neill and Jody L. Herman

Transgender people who live in a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth face unique obstacles to obtaining identification documents that reflect their gender. Having identification documents that do not accurately reflect one’s gender, including in name or gender marker, can cause problems for transgender people during a variety of activities, such as when applying for a job or housing or when interacting with police officers or other government officials. Transgender citizens with identification documents that do not match their gender may also encounter obstacles to voting.

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