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HB 1210 - Requires Voting and Election Materials in Languages Other Than English - Virginia Key Vote

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Title: Requires Voting and Election Materials in Languages Other Than English

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Title: Requires Voting and Election Materials in Languages Other Than English

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with senate amendments and pass a bill that requires voting and election materials to be in languages other than English for immigrant and Native American citizens.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires the State Board of Elections to prescribe voting and election materials in languages other than English for use by a county, city, or town (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “voting and election materials” as registration or voting notices, forms, and instructions (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the State Board to make voting and election materials available in any additional languages as it deems necessary and appropriates (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the State Board to accept voting and election materials translated by volunteers after verifying the accuracy of such translations prior to making the translated materials available to a voter (Sec. 1).

  • Requires a covered locality to provide voting or election materials in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in English (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the State Board to designate a county, city, or town as a covered locality if it determines, in consultation with the Director of the Census and based on 2010 Census Survey data, that either (Sec. 1):

    • More than 5 percent of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single-language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; 

    • More than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of are members of a single-language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in in the electoral process; or

    • In the case of a county, city, or town containing all or any part of a Native American reservation, more than 5 percent of the Native American citizens of voting age are members of a single-language minority and unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process and the illiteracy rate as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate.

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Title: Requires Voting and Election Materials in Languages Other Than English

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to amend and pass a bill that requires voting and election materials to be in languages other than English for immigrant and Native American citizens.

Highlights:

 

  • Requires the State Board of Elections to prescribe voting and election materials in languages other than English for use by a county, city, or town (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “voting and election materials” as registration or voting notices, forms, and instructions (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the State Board to make voting and election materials available in any additional languages as it deems necessary and appropriates (Sec. 1).

  • Authorizes the State Board to accept voting and election materials translated by volunteers after verifying the accuracy of such translations prior to making the translated materials available to a voter (Sec. 1).

  • Requires a covered locality to provide voting or election materials in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in English (Sec. 1).

  • Requires the State Board to designate a county, city, or town as a covered locality if it determines, in consultation with the Director of the Census and based on 2010 Census Survey data, that either (Sec. 1):

    • More than 5 percent of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single-language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; 

    • More than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of are members of a single-language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in in the electoral process; or

    • In the case of a county, city, or town containing all or any part of a Native American reservation, more than 5 percent of the Native American citizens of voting age are members of a single-language minority and unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process and the illiteracy rate as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate.

Title: Requires Voting and Election Materials in Languages Other Than English

Title: Requires Voting and Election Materials in Languages Other Than English

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