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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…

Apr 29, 2011

Arizona: Awaiting governor's decision, Tucson's mail-in election hangs in the balance

Arkansas: Election commission reviews '10

Colorado: Meyers, clerks present briefs in Gessler case

District of Columbia: Students encounter problems at the polls

Florida: Voter rights' advocates oppose elections bill

Georgia: Kemp: Election changes will help voters, officials

Illinois: Woman denies vote fraud charges

Indiana: Lawmakers drop plan tied to White case  |  Judge won't halt Democrats challenge to Charlie White  |  Highland saves $32K by not holding primary vote  |  Russian visitor sees vote center

Kansas: Brownback signs military voting bill

Louisiana: Schedler: Reduce number of elections

Minnesota: Senate Republicans advance elections ID bill  |  Minn. Senate passes voter ID on party-line vote

New Hampshire: Committee endorses requiring photo ID to vote

New Jersey: Some sample ballots left behind at post office  |  Postal service investigating delay in delivering sample ballots

New York: FBI probes scope of Troy vote fraud case

Ohio: Tuesday special election in Lucas County  |  County won't force voters to wear ponchos at polls

Pennsylvania: Westmoreland buys more voting machines  |  Pike voting machines get a dry run  |  Montco questions voter affiliations

South Carolina: Early voting bill moves forward

Tennessee: Election commission ponders vastly different budgets

West Virginia: Election preparations continue  |  Early voting begins Friday  |  Accessibility reviewed by commissioner, clerk staff  |  Mineral changes polling places for special primary

Wisconsin: Milwaukee County expects to finish recount on time  |  Rock County halfway through recount

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