Trans people complain they are blocked from election

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A number of transgender people have reported being blocked from registering to vote ahead of the UK General Elections. In the online registration form, people are required to enter their National Insurance number
to be identified. However, some transgender people who have legally changed their name have reported that when they enter the number an error message is flagged up which claims that the NI number used it “protected”. One trans man said the mistake occurred multiple times as he tried to fill the form. “You register to vote online – or at least I tried. When I put in my details and my new name that I changed a year ago, and when it got to the NI number part of the process every time I entered it, it said: “this national insurance number has been protected.” So basically an error kept occurring where I needed to enter a different national insurance number, which I don’t have. It feels like I’m not a person, it just feels like I’m less than everyone else,” he said. The anonymous man explained that when he contacted local officials, they were at a loss to how to fix the error. “They just didn’t know what to do,” he explained. “I can’t register because I can’t ‘prove my identity’, even though I have documents. Because I don’t have a Gender Recognition Certificate it’s not enough.” Another woman, who encountered a similar issue because of a “protected” NI number, said that she was put under this categorisation by the Tax Office, despite not asking for it. When she tried to resolve the issue by registering in person at her local county council, she was unable to register because she did not have the certificate

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