Civil Rights Advocates Urge Pennsylvania Election Officials to Protect Voting Rights for Spanish Speakers

PHILADELPHIA  All Voting Is Local, in collaboration with Ceiba, the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law and Latino community leaders will convene an online discussion with state election officials about their adherence to Spanish language access for voters as required under the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, August 25th from 12:00 — 1:30 p.m. via Facebook Live and Zoom.

The event will educate Pennsylvania’s Latino community about their right to Spanish language voting materials under federal law. Additionally, it will allow Pennsylvania county officials to share best practices for upholding voting rights for Spanish speakers and work together across counties to achieve compliance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.

During Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary, election officials did not do enough for language access under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires states to provide all voting materials to certain minority language populations in their native languages. State and county officials must do better to ensure that language is not a barrier to American citizens rights and access to the ballot in the general election.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25 | 12:00 — 1:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: All Voting is Local Facebook Live: Facebook.com/AllVotingIsLocal

Dial-in information for live Spanish translation: 717.297.0575

Event Co-Hosts
ACLU-PA
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres
Committee of Seventy
Grupo De Apoyo
The Hispanic Federation
Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics
NALEO Educational Fund
Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs
UNIDOS US