Day 7 – Vote and help other trans people vote
Vote and help other trans people vote
Because of ID issues and fears of encountering discrimination at the polls, many trans people do not vote. Yet it is elected officials who make the laws and set up the programs that can either help or hurt all aspects of trans lives. In 2016, voting will be even harder: since 2010, 21 states have enacted laws that make it more difficult to vote, and 15 states will have these restrictions in place for the first time during the 2016 election.
There are many ways to help:
- Get and read the new LGBTQ Voting Rights Tool Kit available at http://www.thetaskforceactionfund.org/downloads/tf_voting_toolkit_3.pdf
- Use social media to promote voter education, bolster voter engagement, support registration initiatives, share important dates and deadlines for elections, and voting day contacts for reporting harassment or problems at the polls. Include some of the resources below:
- Election Protection provides a live toll-free hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) that can help resolve at-polls issues. There are also several language- and/or cultural-specific voter hotlines:
- Spanish/English (NALEO Educational Fund) 888-Ve-Y-Vota
- Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/Bengali/Urdu/Hindi/Tagalog/English (APIA Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice) 888-API-VOTE
- Arabic (Arab American Institute) 844-418-1682
- Download an app in both Spanish and English, “Cada Voto Cuenta,” available for both Android and iOS phones.
- Tell your Member of Congress to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act, (S. 1659/HR. 2867). This federal legislation would restore the Voting Rights Act and provide necessary protections to voters. You can locate your Member of Congress through the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- Become a poll worker: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/become_a_poll_worker.aspx
- Check out the state-by-state guide to voter requirements and when and where to vote: http://www.866ourvote.org/state
- Download and read the “Voting While Trans Checklist” at http://www.transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/voting%20while%20trans.pdf
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