California Dramatically Increases the Number of Languages for Election Materials and Assistance

Big Changes The California Secretary of State, the agency responsible for administering elections in California, released on Friday, December 29, 2017, a memo to elections officials throughout the state describing new requirements for election materials and assistance in languages other than English. SOS CCROV #17148, Language Minority Determinationshttp://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/ccrov/pdf/2017/december/17148sr.pdf California has previously provided election materials in nine languages other than English....

Report on California Language Minority Voting Rights Demographics – Aug 2017

Voter Access has developed a report detailing the low-English-proficient (LEP) eligible-voter demographics for each of the 58 counties in California. Largely based on Census Bureau data sets, the American Community Survey (ACS), and testimony from various outside groups, this report shows where needs for voting assistance in non-English languages may be concentrated throughout the state. For the full report, please...

Overview of Election Language Laws and Practices in California

Election laws in California provide a great deal of protections to minority language voters. These provisions, however, can be quite complex. It’s important for officials, as well as the public, to understand the relevant statutes and to observe carefully how they are carried out. Demographics Based on U.S. Census Bureau estimations, there are over 2.78 million low-English-proficiency (LEP) eligible voters...