Adams County to Provide Elections Materials in English and Spanish Beginning in 2022, per Voting Rights Act

As of the latest census data collected in 2020, Adams County now qualifies under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to provide language assistance and election-related materials to voters in both English and Spanish.

“Adams County is very diverse, and we’ve worked tirelessly to broaden access to all eligible voters,” said Josh Zygielbaum, Adams County Clerk & Recorder. “My staff and I are excited about being designated under federal law to create election materials in both Spanish and English, allowing us to take a major step forward in being an inclusive community.”

The law covers localities where there are more than 10,000 or over 5% of the total voting age citizens in a single political subdivision (in our case, a county) who are members of a single language minority group, have depressed literacy rates, and do not speak English very well.

Section 203 provides: “Whenever any State or political subdivision [covered by the section] provides registration or voting notices, forms, instructions, assistance, or other materials or information relating to the electoral process, including ballots, it shall provide them in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in the English language.”

Voters will begin seeing all election-related materials including, but not limited to, ballots, sample ballots, voter instructions, “I Voted” stickers, voter emails, press releases, signage, and more, in both English and Spanish beginning with the 2022 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 28.

Materials on the website and the Adams County Clerk & Recorder Facebook and Twitter accounts are already available to residents in their native language, using the “Select Language” button on AdamsVotes.com and through the social channels’ language settings.

More information about language minority voting rights is available at justice.gov.

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