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How Voter ID Laws Can Disenfranchise Transgender Folks

Election 2016 Sarah Mirk In many states, getting out to vote means getting state-issued ID. Photo by Theresa Thompson (Creative Commons). Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have pushed for new laws in recent years that require people to show identification at the polls, arguing that it protects against voter fraud. But instead of protecting the democratic process, the wave of voter ID laws have disenfranchised many Americans—this summer a federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s voter ID laws because they clearly show “racially discriminatory intent.
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