Today millions of voters across the country are expected to turn out to the polls to decide on our next President, whether we will have our first out Senatory, the future of marriage equality in several states, and countless other races and ballot issues that affect LGBT Americans. Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington have the opportunity to become the first states to approve marriage equality by voter referendum, while Minnesotans could be the first to vote to defeat a constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality within the state. (Arizona did reject a proposed constitutional ban on marriage equality in 2006 but approved a differently-worded one two years later)
In any election, every voice should be heard. We applaud the efforts to make sure that everyone is able to cast a ballot in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, But not all voting obstacles stem from natural disasters.
GLAAD, in partnership with NCTE, has been working to make sure the media shines light on the effect revised voter-ID laws will have on transgender Americans.
This year, as many as 25,000 transgender Americans face having their right to vote challenged or taken away as a result of new strict photo ID laws. And trans Americans face challenges every day, when trying to secure updated ID’s that accurately reflect who they are. We’ve been working with NCTE to elevate stories to inform Americans about the potential impact this will have on voters.
If you experience voter intimidation or suppression efforts, we encourage you to contact the Election Protection Coalition 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.& We also encourage you to share your story with GLAAD and to tell us about your voting experience.