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Electoral Politics

Trans rights issues are sometimes raised in electoral politics. Electoral politics encompasses political representation through the election of legislators and executives. It also includes forms of direct democracy, such as ballot initiatives and referendums. In democratic systems, it is important to understand how elected officials and voters view trans rights, as these actors are vital in securing many types of policy changes desired by trans communities or by their opponents. This entry discusses three aspects of trans rights and electoral politics: trans candidates, trans issues in election campaigns, and ballot measures directly addressing trans issues.

Trans Candidates

The trans community in the United States is numerically very small (less than 1% of the population) and remains socially marginalized. As such, relatively few openly trans candidates have entered ...

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