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The Daily Beast Higlights Unique Challenges for Trans Voters

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The Daily Beast
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November 5, 2012

After coming out as a transgender woman, Claire Swinford recalled her first time back at the polls as an “incredibly uncomfortable, very, very embarrassing” experience. When Swinford, 41, voted in Arizona’s 2010 primary, she was stopped by a poll worker who refused to let her cast her ballot because of her identification documents. While she had an appropriate ID and her name was on the rolls, Swinford, who was early on in her transition from male to female, hadn’t yet changed the gender marker and name on her driver’s license to reflect her appearance, because of the cost, which she said was more than $200.

GLAAD in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality has been working to raise visibility around the potential challenges transgender Americans may face trying to participate in Tuesday's election.