Does the Voting Rights Act protect language minorities?

Yes. The Voting Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate in voting on the basis of being in a language minority group. The goal of the law is to remove language as a barrier to political participation, and to prevent voting discrimination against people who speak minority languages. The Voting Rights Act further protects minority language group members by requiring particular jurisdictions to print ballots and other election materials in the minority language as well as in English, and to have oral translation help available at the polls where the need exists. Jurisdictions are supposed to take "all reasonable steps" to enable language minority voters "to be effectively informed of and participate effectively in voting-connected activities."

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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