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Does the Voting Rights Act protect language minorities?

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

Yes, the Voting Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate in voting based on someone's membership in a language minority group.

If you feel that you are being discriminated against in voting, contact an attorney.

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) includes language minority provisions that require certain states and political subdivisions to provide language assistance during elections for certain language minority groups who are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process. Covered language minority groups in Section 203 are those that speak Asian, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Spanish languages. Determination for each state, county, or county subdivision are computed based on: if more than 5% of voting-age citizens are limited-English proficient or more than 10,000 voting-age citizens are limited-English proficient, and the rate of total voting-age citizens that are limited-English proficient and have less than a 5th-grade education is higher than the national rate, then the state, county, or county subdivision is covered for that specific minority group under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.

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