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Judge Requires Florida Counties To Provide Spanish-Language Ballots In 2020

Nick Visser
The Huffington Post
“For democratic participation to have any meaning, voters must be able to exercise their right to vote in a language they understand.”

The decision arose from a lawsuit filed by the groups LatinoJustice, Demos and other voting rights organizations that said up to 30,000 Puerto Ricans living in Florida faced unlawful hardship casting a ballot because of language barriers.

The groups argued that the lack of Spanish-language material was a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“In today’s decision, the court recognized that Spanish-speaking voters are not second-class citizens and should not have to wait for their voting rights to be fully protected,” Stuart Naifeh, a senior counsel at Demos, said in a statement. “For democratic participation to have any meaning, voters must be able to exercise their right to vote in a language they understand.”

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