Voting is a key part of our participation in society.

Having ID that doesn’t match your gender identity or presentation should not affect your right to cast a ballot, in any state. But with increasingly strict voter ID laws, trans people may face barriers—both because of difficulties in obtaining an ID that’s accepted, or because they might run into bias or misunderstandings of the law when it comes to their gender.

Knowing your rights can help avoid or solve problems at the polls. That’s why the Action Fund provides resources to guide trans people through the process of voting, from registration to putting your ballot in the ballot box.


Know Your Rights

If ID is required in your state, bring it. It is also helpful to bring your voter registration card, a utility bill showing the address where you are registered, and our #VotingWhileTrans one-pager.



If poll workers question your identity or eligibility to vote, show them the utility bill and the "Information for Poll Workers and Election Officials" section of our #VotingWhileTrans guide.


If you are still not allowed to vote, look for a volunteer attorney at the polling place who may be there assisting voters who are being told they cannot vote.



If no one is around, call the National Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for help.


If you are still not allowed to vote on a regular ballot, request a provisional ballot.


If you are forced to use a provisional ballot, ask for follow-up instructions, as you generally must return to election officials within a few days to prove your identity in order for your ballot to be counted.



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