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Summit on Language Access in Elections

Thursday, June, 02, 2016
08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Orem Alumni Hall
Address7801 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD

We convened 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.​

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 sponsored a day-long convening of election officials, voting rights groups, and translation experts to meet and share information.

Panels featured 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


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