Today, Transgender Law Center (TLC), Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and 63 other trans-led organizations nationally are calling for every vote to be counted in the 2020 election before formally announcing the 46th President of the United States. This year saw more absentee, mail-in, and early voting than any previous election, and as such, will require additional time to guarantee that each ballot cast will be counted by election officials. Though President Trump is falsely declaring victory and denying the legitimacy of ballots legally received or counted after election day, every vote needs to be counted.

“Serious and unprecedented threats to the democratic process and the safety of voters comes on the heels of four long years of horrific and targeted attacks on trans peoples’ healthcare, housing, employment, education, and lives and safety at the southern border by the Trump Administration,” said Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center. “Trans, gender nonconforming and nonbinary people have an unprecedented stake in the outcome of this election, and we are calling for our voices as voters to be counted and heard.”

“Transgender people like everyone else deserve to have their votes counted regardless of how that vote was cast,” said Andy Marra, Executive Director of TLDEF. “Our community has been actively working to ensure transgender people are informed about their right to vote and today we are insisting on the value and importance of counting every vote before any winner is announced.”

The 2020 election is being held amid a global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Black and brown communities throughout the country – the same communities who have been most impacted historically by voter disenfranchisement efforts and racist attempts to roll back voting rights or put impediments in the way of voting. This election is also being held during concurrent epidemics of police murders of Black people and violence and murder facing Black trans people in the U.S.

During this challenging and painful time, we have witnessed the leadership and resistance of trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people. An expansion of mutual aid, always an integral part of our survival strategies, but widening to support more and more of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of new and innovative housing and shelter solutions in the face of the Trump Administration’s current efforts to deny trans people access to emergency shelter. The clear and visible leadership of Black trans, gender nonconforming and nonbinary people in the movement to end the crisis of police and state violence against Black people. The extraordinary organizing of trans migrants, trans people living with HIV, and disabled trans people demanding access to freedom, health, and safety in the face of a society that treats them as disposable.

Today, in an act of further resistance toward those individuals who seek to strip away the right to vote from so many people in this nation, the undersigned trans-led organizations are asking that everyone contact their Senators and Representatives and demand that every vote is counted in the 2020 election. TLC and TLDEF will also amplify the calls for direct action of our state and local partners around the nation; follow our Twitter feeds for information.

Additionally, voters who have experienced discrimination or intimidation at the polls, whether or not they were actually able to vote, can report it at TLDEF’s Election Day Discrimination website and an attorney will contact them. TLDEF will undertake advocacy with election officials and, if necessary pursue litigation, in order to eliminate discrimination against transgender people on Election Day.

Whatever the final outcome of this election, our organizations will redouble our commitment to fight for a future of liberation, equity, and equality for the transgender community in our country, so that the marginalization of trans people – especially Black and other trans people of color – is no longer an obstacle to voters expressing their will on Election Day in a free and fair election.

APIENC    San Francisco, California

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition    Dallas, Texas 

Brave Space Alliance    Chicago, Illinois 

Choosing Our Roots    Anchorage, Alaska 

Colorado Name Change Project    Boulder, Colorado 

Dem Bois Inc.     San Pablo, California 

Eastern PA Trans Equity Project    Orefield, Pennsylvania 

FORGE, Inc.    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Freedom Overground     Atlanta, Georgia 

Gender Benders     Piedmont, South Carolina 

Gender Odyssey Alliance    Seattle, Washington 

GenderNexus    Indianapolis, Indiana 

Hearts on a Wire     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Heartspark Press    Olympia, Washington

House of Pentacles    Durham, North Carolina 

House of Tulip    New Orleans, Louisiana

Intransitive    Little Rock, Arkansas 

La Gender Inc    East Point, Georgia 

Lavender Rights Project    Seattle, Washington 

LGBTQ Center of Durham    Durham, North Carolina 

Louisiana Trans Advocates    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

LYRIC    San Francisco, California 

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition    Boston, Massachusetts 

Metro Trans Umbrella Group     St. Louis, Missouri 

Ministries Beyond Welcome    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

My Sistah’s House     Memphis, Tennessee 

National Center for Transgender Equality    Washington, District of Columbia 

New York Trans Advocacy Group (NYTAG)    New York, New York 

Out in the Open    Brattleboro, Vermont

PFLAG New Hampshire    Concord, New Hampshire 

Point of Pride    Eugene, Oregon 

QLatinx   Orlando, Florida

Rooted Resistance, LLC    Tallahassee, Florida 

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival    San Francisco, California 

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance    Tucson, Arizona 

The Transgender District    San Francisco, California 

Trans Can Work    Los Angeles, California 

Trans Lifeline    Oakland, California 

Trans Maryland     Gaithersburg, Maryland

Trans Pride Initiative    Dallas, Texas 

Trans United Fund    Birmingham, Alabama 

Transcend the Binary    Ferndale, Michigan

TRANScending Barriers    Atlanta, Georgia 

Transformative Freedom Fund    Denver, Colorado 

Transformative Justice Law Project of IL    Chicago, Illinois

Transforming Families, MN    Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Transgender Allies Group (TAG)    Reno, Nevada 

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia    Virginia Beach, Virginia 

Transgender Awareness Alliance     Lexington, South Carolina 

Transgender Education Advocates of Utah    Salt Lake City, Utah

TransGender Education Association    Fairfax, Virginia 

Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT)    Austin, Texas 

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)    New York, New York 

Transgender Law Center (TLC)    Oakland, California 

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico    Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Transilient    New York, New York 

Translatinx Network    New York, New York 

Transmission, Inc    Asheville, North Carolina 

TransOhio    Cleveland, Ohio 

TransParent    St. Louis, Missouri 

TransSOCIAL, Inc.    Miami, Florida 

U.T.O.P.I.A. SEATTLE    Kent, Washington 

Unique Woman’s Coalition    Los Angeles, California