Perez-Santiago et al. v. Volusia County
Latino voters came out in record numbers to choose our next President in the 2008 elections, but a significant number of those voices were silenced when Spanish-speaking voters did not receive the language assistance they needed and are entitled to by law.
When LatinoJustice PRLDEF found out that Puerto Rican voters in Volusia County, Florida were being disenfranchised because they were unable to understand the county's English-only electoral ballots, we filed suit on Election Day on behalf of local Puerto Rican residents and the Volusia County Hispanic Association to demand Spanish language ballots and election materials.
Our complaint contends that the plaintiffs were effectively denied the right to cast a meaningful vote because ballot materials-- including several state constitutional amendments-- were provided only in English, and because our clients were not provided Spanish-language assistance despite requesting same.
The federal judge in the case ruled that private citizens could sue to enforce provisions of the Voting Rights Act. United States District Court Judge John Antoon II ruled that Volusia County, Florida, where the plaintiffs live, can be required to translate ballot materials and provide Spanish-language assistance to voters who need it.