Voting While Trans: How to Combat Voter ID Laws and Disenfranchisement of the Transgender Community
In early 2020, a transgender woman filed a suit against North Carolina election officials after poll workers questioned her identity when she attempted to cast her ballot. The woman alleged that while North Carolina’s controversial voter identification law was placed on hold due to pending litigation, the election official asked to see her ID “because [her] face doesn’t match [her] name.” After a lengthy altercation, the woman was ultimately allowed to vote, but not before being publicly humiliated at the polling station. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. While the fact that an individual’s identification does not match their gender identity should not impact their right to vote, in practice, trans voters face additional barriers at the polls.