A new study suggests that 3,000 out of the 14,000 self-identified transgender citizens of Tennessee do not have accurate identification for voting and face a likelihood they will be denied the opportunity to vote this election.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in coordination with the National Center for Transgender Equality, conducted a survey earlier this year called the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the results of which are available in a new report: The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2016 General Election.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition reminded followers in a Facebook post this week of the voter ID law: 

We also wish to remind everyone that Tennessee has a Voter Suppression Law which requires the use of a Photo ID which has a gender marker. TTPC, along with other civil rights and social justice organizations, fought this legislation when it was in the Tennessee General Assembly. We share this information from our colleagues at the National Center for Transgender Equality about Voting While Trans: http://www.transequality.org/issues/voting-rights

The TransEquality website identifies ways voter ID laws can prevent trans citizens from voting and also includes a handy "Voting While Trans" checklist with resources for poll workers and election officials.

In that same Facebook post, the TTPC shared its endorsements for races of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Tennessee State Senate

District 10: Khristy Wilkinson

District 20: Erin Coleman

District 22: David Cutting

District 30: Sara Kyle

Tennessee House of Representatives

District 6: John Baker 

District 7: Nancy Fischman 

District 13: Gloria Johnson 

District 21: Pamela Weston

District 22: Anna Miller Grabowski 

District 25: Judy Bennett

District 48: Justin T. Miller

District 49: Brandon Thomas

District 51: Bill Beck

District 52: Mike Stewart

District 54: Brenda Gilmore

District 55: John Ray Clemmons

District 59: Sherry Jones

District 63: Courtenay Rogers 

District 65: Holly McCall 

District 85: Johnnie Turner

District 87: Karen Camper

 

 

 

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