Section 203 covered jurisdictions often struggle to comply
Stanford Law Review note offers potential solutions for compliance
Although the Supreme Court, in Shelby County v. Holder, voided large portions of the Voting Rights Act, important provisions of the Act remain in place.
Among them is Section 203, which requires certain jurisdictions to conduct bilingual elections to accommodate voters whose first language is not English.
One of the most recent Section 203 cases was in Alaska where the state was sued by a group of Native speakers — Yup’ik and Gwich’in. The plaintiffs argued, and a federal judge agreed, that the state didn’t do enough to help voters with limited English proficiency gain access to information.
Many jurisdictions that fall under Section 203 have struggled to comply with the law.
Matthew Higgins a JD candidate at the Stanford Law School (2015) has written a note for the Stanford Law Review focusing on how reporting requirements could be a potential solution to the compliance gap with Section 203. Read More…