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Multilingual Services Program

Translation Services

Multilingual Services Program Background

In 2006, federal legislation passed, extending the minority language provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. Any county with more than 10,000 residents whose native language is not English and who indicated on their U.S. Census form a lack of proficiency in English, is required to provide election materials in the identified languages. A language is considered to be covered by the VRA as mandatory for the County's translated election materials if (1) more than 5% of the citizens of voting age are members of a single language minority and are limited English proficient OR (2) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age are members of a single language minority and are limited English proficient.

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Mandated Languages

Los Angeles County is currently required to provide the following language assistance to VRA voters in addition to English:

English

Chinese

Cambodian/Khmer

Korean

Spanish

Tagalog/Filipino

Vietnamese

Additional languages that we support are:

Hindi

Japanese

Thai

Farsi

Armenian

Russian

Services

The Los Angeles County Multilingual Voter Services program was established to provide services to voters who need language assistance. These services include:

  • Translated Election Materials
  • A translated sample ballot booklet will be mailed to voters who requested language materials. A sample ballot booklet contains a list of candidates, candidate information and measures, information on where to vote, how to request a vote-by-mail ballot, and instructions on how to use the voting equipment.

  • Bilingual Assistance at Polling Location
  • Voters with limited English Proficiency can receive assistance in their language, on Election Day, at most polling places throughout the County

  • Bilingual Assistance Hotline: 1-800-815-2666, option 3
  • Voters may call a toll free number to request that translated election materials are mailed to them every election. They can also receive information about or request poll place locations, bilingual voter registration cards, translated vote-by-mail application and sample ballot booklets.

Election Materials

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