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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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Pro-Voter Policies

Voting is an important and deeply meaningful part of what it means to be an American. It’s experienced as a right and a responsibility—a freedom and a privilege that gives people a voice in the decisions that impact our lives, and a say in how we are governed.

As our nation has changed over the past decades, however, our election system has largely stayed the same. Many of the advances that have transformed the way we live have not been used to modernize the way we vote. And in an economy where many parents must work two or more jobs to provide for their families, limited hours and locations for voting only on Election Day can make it difficult if not impossible for many eligible Americans to make their voices heard.

Fortunately, there are a number of proven policies—like Automated Verification and Registration, early voting, and more—that are helping ensure that our election system is secure and accessible, and that every citizen has the opportunity to vote and have that vote counted.

In partnership with the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, MAP has developed resources for understanding Automated Verification and Registration (AVR), how it works, and why it’s an important approach for making voting more fair, secure and accessible.

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Talking About Pro-Voter Policies

March 2018 - Learn about approaches for talking about pro-voter policies and the importance of connecting on shared values around voting; addressing concerns about the security of our elections; making the case for solutions rooted in fairness, accessibility and security; and illustrating how these solutions help everyday Americans make their voices heard.

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Video: How Automated Verification & Registration Works

February 2018 - Created by MAP and the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, this short video gives an overview of how Automated Verification & Registration makes voter registration more convenient, more secure, more accurate and more efficient.

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Infographic: How Does Automated Verification & Registration Work?

February 2018 - This graphic provides an overview of the five easy steps involved in Automated Verification & Registration, which automatically updates an eligible voter’s registration when they change their address with the post office or at the DMV, making our voting rolls more accurate and voting more convenient for everyday Americans.


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