Be sure to cast your ballot! Visit http://vote.barackobama.com for more information. And bring a friend with you.
You can check whether you are registered at www.canivote.org! Encourage your friends and family to register as well. Share this information with your friends, your support group, your family--be creative!
The best resource for all of the info on how to register to vote - and what you need to bring with you on election day - is available from the Obama for America campaign at www.gottavote.org. Information is broken down state-by-state and is very easy to understand.
In addition to voting yourself, you may want to consider volunteering with your local campaign office to help get out the votetoday, If you are interested in doing this, contact the local office yourself, or contact us at email@example.com.
Barriers to Voting for Trans People
Many state legislatures have passed laws to make it harder to register to vote as well as passed requirements that voters show ID - or Photo ID - when they vote. These laws create a barrier to many people who would otherwise be eligible to vote, but who don't have the right form of ID. This particularly impacts the votes of people of color, those people who have low and no-income, as well as seniors - all of whom are less likely to have the ID necessary to register and to vote. To see where these laws are, go to the Map of Shame developed by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Transgender people, of course, also may not have ID that reflects who they are. Yet, no matter where you live, you can take steps to make sure your vote is counted and your voice is heard on election day. Here's what you need to know:
In the handful of states that require photo ID to vote (check the requirements in your state at www.gottavote.org), we ask that transgender people who have ID, even if the picture doesn't match they way you look, or if the ID has your legal name that doesn't match how you look either, go to vote anyway. If your identity is challenged, do not leave. First, explain that you are the same person as your ID. Ask for a supervisor or election judge if you need to. Look for an election protection volunteer attorney at the polling place - they may be able to help you. Also, call 866-OUR-VOTE while you are there to get live assistance on the phone!
If they absolutely refuse to let you vote in the regular manner, ask for a provisional ballot. Then follow the directions they give you to have your provisional ballot be counted as a regular ballot. As soon as you get home, call 866-OUR-VOTE to report what happened to you, and they can let you know what you need to do to make sure your vote is counted.
If you are an attorney that would like to volunteer on election day to help ensure that transgender and other eligible voters are allowed to vote at the polls, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.