Taylor, Jami K; Lewis, Daniel C; Haider-Markel, Donald P.
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 touches on three aspects of trans rights and electoral politics: trans candidates, trans issues in election campaigns, and ballot measures directly addressing trans issues.