Transgender people may experience challenges when exercising their constitutional right to vote.
- Voter ID laws may require transgender people to present photo IDs with incorrect personally identifying information to poll workers (such as name or gender, or even a photo that no longer resembles them).
- Discrepancies between information on IDs and gender presentation may create confusion with poll workers during in-person voting, creating a barrier to transgender people casting in-person ballots on election day.
- Transgender people may fear violent reprisals, loss of work, or other personal consequences due to the implicit disclosure of their transgender status to potentially uneducated or unsympathetic poll workers in their community.
Because of these concerns, it’s important for transgender people to know their rights on Election Day.
In order to vote, you must be registered to vote by Oct. 11th. In Indiana, there are a variety of ways to get registered, but the easiest way to do this is online.
You can use this link to register yourself as a new voter or update your registration. If you are unsure of your registration status, you can confirm it here:
Important: Although the law requires only that the name on your registration match the name on your ID, it's safest to make sure all the information on your ID (including name and address) matches the information on your voter registration.
Indiana offers you three ways to cast your vote. Each may present different challenges to trans people, so it’s important to know what your options are.
Every registered voter has the right to cast an in-person ballot at their neighborhood polling place on election day. To do so, you must be registered to vote in your county of residence, and you must have a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID with a name that matches the information on your voter registration.
To cast your vote, visit your local polling site on election day from 6am to 6pm with your state-issued photo ID. Be sure to confirm the location of your polling site here:Find Your Polling Site
While everyone has the right to vote in-person, voting by absentee ballot may be a good option for trans people who may feel unsafe interacting with local poll workers or who may have concerns about problems with their state-issued ID.
You must apply for your absentee ballot before Oct. 31st.
After you have applied and mailed in the form, you will receive a ballot in the mail that you can fill out and return. It must be received by Nov. 8th to be counted.Download Absentee Ballot Application
Indiana also provides an early voting option. Since early voting takes place at the office of the county board of elections, this may provide a means for trans people to vote if they feel unsafe interacting with poll workers in their neighborhood polling place on election day.
In order to cast an in-person early vote, visit your local county board of elections office from Oct. 12th to Nov. 7th, 6am to 6pm. Dates and times may vary from county to county, so check with your county board of elections when planning your visit.
You must be registered to vote in your county of residence, and you must have a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID with a name that matches the information on your voter registration.
Who to Contact If Your Rights Have Been Violated
If you feel your rights have been violated or if you have been witness to any form of voter fraud, please contact any of the following local, state, or federal offices:
Indiana Secretary of State and Indiana Election Division
HAVA Fraud and Accessibility Grievance Line
(866) IN-1-VOTE or (866) 461-8683
HAVA staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Indianapolis time) on Election Day and from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on regular business days.
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