With photos of happy voters and their stickers flooding Instagram, many are still facing discrimination at the polls. One trans woman in Vermont reported being denied a ballot.
According to Into, Sade Viscaria was blocked from voting in Burlington on Tuesday. She said the poll worker would not accept her gender marker on her ID and turned her away. Luckily, a local advocate drove Viscaria to another polling location where she was able to vote.
So I’m being told I’m not allowed to #VoteTuesday because they don’t believe I’m a woman on ALL MY IDs that I showed them. Wow. Transphobic much, Vermont???
— ⚧Sade Viscaria⚧ (@SadeViscaria) November 6, 2018
The Office of Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is investigating the incident.
“Any time I hear about an issue a voter has casting their ballot, it deeply concerns me,” Condos told Into. “No eligible voter should be denied their constitutional right to cast a ballot, and if any manner of discrimination is occurring when that voter goes to vote, to me that is unacceptable.”
This is a particularly crucial election for trans people in Vermont, as it could result in the state's first transgender governor, Christine Hallquist.