Voter ID laws block thousands of transgender voters

Voter ID laws block thousands of transgender voters

Voter identification laws in some states seem to create barriers at the ballot box for thousands of transgender voters.

Close to 43% of voting-eligible transgender people lack identity documents that correctly reflect their name or gender.

Many transgender people are facing obstacles to voting in person as a result.

There are 878,300 transgender adults in the US who are eligible to vote in midterm elections.

47% or 414,000 live in one of 31 states that conducts their elections in person and requires a voter ID.

Nearly half of those voters, 203,700 individuals, do not have an ID that accurately reflects their name and gender.

Transgender voters may face questioning or rejection by poll workers because of IDs.

With many midterm races operating on tight margins this year, voter ID laws could play a significant role in election outcomes.