Transgender Voters Face Unique Challenges To Participating In Ohio’s Election

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10/07/2020

For many trans people, legally changing their name is a definitive statement of who they are and an affirmation of their identity. The process is not easy, and a name change in Ohio can take months and a small mountain of paperwork. It’s also playing into the fears of some trans people that the change could cost them their vote. Kevyn Breedon was finally ready to change his name after months of saving money for fees and filling out forms. But after hearing the story of a friend, a fellow trans man, who was turned away at the polls during the primary due to a discrepancy with his name, Breedon decided to wait until after the election. As Breedon puts it, he doesn’t want to jeopardize his eligibility to vote.

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