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Bill Detail: HB21-1011

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Title Multilingual Ballot Access For Voters
Status Governor Signed (06/28/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

The bill requires the secretary of state (secretary) and county clerk
and recorders (county clerk) of certain counties to provide multilingual
ballot access.
The secretary is required to establish a multilingual ballot hotline
(hotline) to provide access to qualified translators or interpreters in each
of the languages in which the most recent decennial census was offered

to assist electors in translating ballot language. The secretary is required
to establish the hotline for use during the general election held in
November 2022, and for every general election and statewide odd-year
election thereafter. The secretary is also required to:
  • Provide notice of the hotline to electors through election
day;
  • Ensure that the translators who provide translations for the
multilingual hotline are qualified translators or interpreters;
and
  • Promulgate rules as may be necessary to create and
administer the hotline.
The county clerk of any county that satisfies specified criteria is
required to create, in coordination with the secretary, a minority language
sample ballot (sample ballot) in any minority language spoken in the
county that satisfies the following:
  • The minority language is spoken by at least 2,000 citizens
in the county age 18 years or older, who speak English less
than very well, and who speak the minority language at
home; or
  • The minority language is spoken by at least 2.5% of
citizens in the county age 18 years or older, who speak
English less than very well, and who speak the minority
language at home.
The bill specifies that the sample ballot must include all of the
same content that is on the English language ballot and also specifies the
format of the sample ballot. In addition, the bill requires that the sample
ballots be available for the general election held in November 2022, and
for each general election and statewide odd-year election thereafter.
The county clerk of any county that satisfies specified criteria is
required to provide, upon the request of an elector, an in-person minority
language ballot (in-person ballot) in any minority language spoken in the
county that satisfies the same criteria specified for sample ballots. An
in-person ballot can be a ballot on demand, a ballot from a printed stock
of ballots, or a ballot via an electronic voting device.
The bill specifies that the in-person ballot must include all of the
same content that is on the English language ballot and specifies that
in-person ballots are required to be available for the general election held
in November 2022, and for each general election and statewide odd-year
election thereafter.
The secretary is required to determine, pursuant to specified
criteria, which counties in the state are required to provide multilingual
ballot access by creating a sample ballot and providing an in-person
ballot, and to notify the county clerk of any county that is required to
provide such multilingual ballot access.
The secretary is required to provide each county clerk that is
required to provide multilingual ballot access with a translation in the
applicable minority language or languages of all content that is certified
to the county clerks by the secretary of state for use by the county clerk
in creating the multilingual ballot access.

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