The YWCA of Palm Beach County fundamentally believes that voting is a crucial part of our participation in society and having our voices heard on the issues that affect us all. We have the right to vote regardless of gender identity. Having an ID that doesn’t match your gender identity or presentation should not affect your right to cast a ballot in any state. But with increasingly strict laws, trans people may face barriers—both because of difficulties in obtaining an ID that’s accepted or because they might run into bias or misunderstandings of the law when it comes to their gender. Knowing your rights can help avoid or solve problems at the polls. We want everyone to get out and vote!
In order to vote in Florida, you will need to present one of the following forms of Photo ID:
- Florida driver's license or Florida State ID
- U.S. Passport
- Debit or Credit Card
- Military ID
- Student ID
- Public Assistance ID
- Concealed Weapon License
- Federal Employee ID Card
Your ID must include your photo and your signature. If it does not have your signature, you will be asked to provide an additional ID. If you do not have it, you are still allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
If you did not update your name and/or gender marker on your voter registration, ask for an AFFIRMATION FORM from the poll worker to affirm your identity. They must allow you to vote.
If you are given a PROVISIONAL BALLOT to vote, make sure that you ask for follow-up instructions so your ballot is counted.
If you are not allowed to vote, ask to speak to a volunteer attorney at the polling place. If no one is around, or if you feel your rights have been violated, call the Florida Voter Protection Hotline: 1-833-VOTE-FLA (833-868-3352). They can also help make sure your provisional ballot is counted.
ON ELECTION DAY
The name and address on your voter registration must match the name and address on your ID.
The law does NOT require your gender presentation to match your name, photo, or gender marker on your ID.
It’s also helpful to bring:
- Your legal name change paperwork (if you have one)
- Your Voter Registration card
- A Utility Bill showing your address
- Additional forms of ID