Prizm News / October 29, 2018 / By Prizm News

 

By Prizm News

The National Center for Transgender Equality has produced an Election Day checklist for trans voters. Although TransOhio Co-Chair Melissa Alexander tells us that the statewide advocacy group doesn’t get many reports of people being unduly questioned at the polls, it’s best to be prepared.

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In short, you cannot be denied a ballot—or forced to vote provisionally, which is a ballot that’s not counted unless your eligibility can be verified—if your gender expression doesn’t match your ID photo, gender markers or the perceived gender of your legal name.

 

If poll workers ask unnecessary questions or if they question your right to vote, look for any volunteer attorneys at your polling place who are there helping voters. Or call the National Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866 687-8683) for help.

Visit transformthevote.org and click on the #votingwhiletrans link to read and print out the national center’s election-day checklist. There’s a section you can hand to poll workers if they have questions.

In Ohio, state law requires voters to show proof of identity with one of the following:

• A current Ohio driver’s license or state ID card.
• A military ID.
• An unexpired federal- or state-issued photo ID with your name and current address.
• A current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck with your name and present address.
• Any other current government document with your name and current address.

 

Bob Vitale
Bob Vitale is the editor of Prizm. A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, he has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Contact: BobVitale@prizmnews.com