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HB1210

Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials.

Status:
In Senate

Latest Action: Feb. 25, 2020
Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (12-Y 3-N)

Chief Patron:
Kathy Tran (D)

Session:
2020 Regular Session

Summary

As introduced. Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials.

Requires the State Board of Elections to prescribe, and a covered locality to provide, voting and election materials in languages other than English. A county, city, or town is designated by the State Board as a covered locality if the State Board determines, in consultation with the Director of the Census, based on the 2010 American Community Survey census data and subsequent American Community Survey data in five-year increments, or comparable census data, that (i) either (a) more than five percent of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; (b) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process; or (c) in the case of a county, city, or town containing all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than five percent of the American Indian citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process and (ii) the illiteracy rate of the citizens of the language minority as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate. The bill also allows the State Board to make available voting and election materials in any additional languages other than those required as it deems necessary and appropriate. The State Board may accept voting and election materials translated by volunteers but shall verify the accuracy of such translations prior to making the translated materials available to a county, city, or town, or any voter. (Less)
  • Bill History

  • 01/07/2020 - House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103702D
  • 01/07/2020 - House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 01/13/2020 - House: Assigned P & E sub: Gubernatorial Appointments
  • 01/21/2020 - House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1210)
  • 01/29/2020 - House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
  • 01/29/2020 - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (4-Y 2-N)
  • 01/31/2020 - House: Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (15-Y 6-N)
  • 02/04/2020 - House: Read first time
  • 02/05/2020 - House: Read second time
  • 02/05/2020 - House: Committee amendments agreed to
  • 02/05/2020 - House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1210E
  • 02/05/2020 - House: Printed as engrossed 20103702D-E
  • 02/06/2020 - House: Read third time and passed House (64-Y 34-N)
  • 02/06/2020 - House: VOTE: Passage (64-Y 34-N)   Close Floor Vote
  • 02/07/2020 - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/07/2020 - Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
  • 02/12/2020 - House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1210E)
  • 02/25/2020 - Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendments (12-Y 3-N)