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Published September 19, 2012 1:01 am
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I've volunteered to be a bilingual poll worker in Utah. I've been told that having Spanish-speaking poll workers helps Utah meet the requirements of the Voting Rights Act, which requires jurisdictions to provide bilingual election administration in Spanish if at least 5 percent of the population aren't proficient in English. That applies to Salt Lake County (which does provide a Spanish version on its election website).

In preparing for my duties, I visited the state of Utah's vote.utah.gov, looking for bilingual voter information. I found none, not even a link to information for voters in Spanish. I complained to the website administrator and he replied that "the website is not translated into Spanish."

If we are going to make voting information easy and accessible to all, why has the state chosen not to provide bilingual voting information to its citizens?

Aaron Cloward

Salt Lake City




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