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NCTE: Tea Party group training poll watchers to target transgender voters

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A right-wing, Tea Party organization called “True the Vote” is training their volunteer poll watchers to target transgender voters, claims the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).

According to a statement issued Sunday, the NCTE alleged that True the Vote’s training manual features a transphobic image that claims transgender people are fraudulent voters and should be denied the right to vote.

“It is disgraceful that True the Vote would try to thug anyone into not voting,” said Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director. “True the Vote’s true agenda is a shameful attempt to scare trans people away from participating in our democracy.”

Until this point, the concerted effort by right-wing, tea party groups to restrict voting rights with new Voter ID laws only inadvertently affected transgender voters. Only days away from Election Day, the discovery of True the Vote’s training manual marks a shift by right-wing groups to explicitly target transgender people and deny them a right to vote.

“Trans people are resilient,” said Keisling. “For trans people, voting is not just a right and a responsibility, for us it is also an important part of how we are winning our equality. Scare tactics like this won’t keep us from that.”

The NCTE advises transgender and gender non-conforming voters to be prepared by downloading their “Voting While Trans Checklist” to take with them to the polls.

The checklist includes a message from NCTE to poll workers clarifying possible questions they may have about your identification.

If a poll worker or poll watcher attempts to deny you a ballot, voters should call the National Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

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10 more reader comments:

  1. damn tea batters

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:19pm
  2. really let them vote there pepole too!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:20pm
  3. Of course they are…the LGBT community is only grudgingly recognized as second class citizens by the far right.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:23pm
  4. interesting

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:27pm
  5. this is interesting

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:00pm
  6. Some people will do anything to try to win. For shame!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:00pm
  7. Looks like every other racist and discriminatory ad. Stay strong trans friends, you are a person with rights that matters supremely in this election!!!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:05pm
  8. The “T” in GLBTQA is not only for Transgendered, but for standing for your truth.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:18pm
  9. off topic but help please, the Key West Citizen has endorsed Mitt Romney!!!!

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    https://www.facebook.com/RetractItNow

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 10:00pm
  10. Please join us today for a day of prayer for President Obama, as he prepares for the election… share this invite with friends & take a moment to ask God for His blessings upon our nation & struggle for equality…..
    http://www.facebook.com/events/278948315557216/

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:53am