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NEVADA: Most Progressive Birth Certificate Gender Change Policy in the Nation Passed

NCTE praises Nevada’s new trans-friendly ID document law:

Under Nevada’s new regulations, an individual born in Nevada can get a new birth certificate issued with a corrected gender marker if they submit (1) their own affidavit stating their gender and requesting that the gender marker should be corrected on their certificate, and (2) a second affidavit from someone else who knows them, or other verifiable evidence, confirming the facts in their affidavit. The second affidavit can be from anyone who has personal knowledge of the applicant’s gender, meaning anyone who knows the applicant’s gender firsthand through a personal, familial, medical, or professional relationship. These affidavits can confirm transition-related medical or mental health treatment or otherwise confirm an individual’s gender identity and the gender they live as every day.

Nevada’s unique approach to correcting the gender marker on a birth certificate treats the process the same as correcting other items on vital statistics certificates, such as the date of birth or death, the location of birth or death, an occupation, etc. The Department of Public and Behavioral Health intentionally and intelligently designed this regulation to treat standards of proof for all corrections to certificates uniformly and equally. The new policy replaces Nevada’s old standard that required a court order establishing the individual had a ‘sexual transformation’ to update the birth certificate.

Source: VICTORY: Nevada passes the most progressive birth certificate gender change policy in the nation! | National Center for Transgender Equality

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Open the Caucuses to Online Voters

In this diary, I wish to argue about how historic this election cycle’s caucuses were in regards to technology and voter outreach. I’ve never been to a caucus (I’ve lived most of my life in Georgia, a primary state), but they look pretty cool for the competitive, in-your-face nature of haggling with your neighbor for your candidate of choice.

The uses of tech-assisted absentee caucusing may have flown under the radar of national news, but this election year was certainly a watershed for the reform of the caucus process.  Continue reading Open the Caucuses to Online Voters