Join us for a convening on the importance of language access in the 2016 elections and beyond. The day-long event will feature panelists from across government, advocacy, and academia discussing the language needs and solutions for a growing number of voters.
- Reserve Your Seat: Due to limited space, participants are encouraged to register by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Press Contact: Jessica Harris, Democracy Fund Action; jharris(at)democracyfundaction.org; 202-448-4503
Thursday, June 2, 2016; 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland Campus; 7801 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742. See the Campus Map.
Visitor Parking is Available in the Stadium Drive Garage
We hope you will join us for a convening on the importance of language access in the 2016 elections and beyond. In communities throughout the United States, citizens for whom English is a second language may want or need language assistance when voting, such as having their ballot or other voting materials in their native language. Furthermore, federal law requires over 250 jurisdictions provide some type of language assistance.
It is against this backdrop that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and Democracy Fund Action are sponsoring a day-long convening of election officials, voting rights groups, and translation experts to meet and share information.
Panels will feature discussions on:
- Federal legal requirements for language assistance;
- Outreach to voters and community leaders;
- Recruiting, training, and retaining bilingual election workers; and
- Tools and best practices for effective language assistance