Voter ID Laws’ Disparate Impact on Demiqueers

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BURBANK, Calif. (FNN) — The Law School at the University of California at Burbank issued a report today detailing how photo voter ID laws adopted in many states will disproportionately impact the voting rights of demiqueers.

“As lawmakers consider enacting stricter voter ID laws and contemplate their potential impact in the upcoming November elections, the consequences of these laws for demiqueer voters should not be overlooked,” said the study’s author, Loadie L. Berman, Ph.D.

Strict photo ID states require voters to present government-issued photo identification in order to vote. Without the required ID, eligible voters may vote on a provisional ballot and must provide an acceptable form of ID to election officials within a limited timeframe in order for their vote to count.

Demiqueer voters face unique challenges to obtaining accurate government-issued identification. According to the new report, 41 percent of demiqueer citizens havereported not having an updated driver’s license…

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