Voter Protection 2012
LatinoJustice PRLDEF protected your right to vote during the 2008 and 2010 elections and we are ready to do it again in 2012 and 2013. Our attorneys and staff responded to Spanish-language voter concerns from across the East Coast at a national call center, and were on the ground in several counties ensuring that Latino voters received the access and assistance that they are guaranteed by law.
This Year: At the Polls
LatinoJustice PRLDEF attorneys and outreach specialists will be on the ground in areas with a history of failing to provide bilingual materials and other assistance to non-English proficient voters as is required by Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act. Sections 203 and 4(f)(4) of the Voting Rights Act require that states or jurisdictions with a certain number of language minority speakers must provide assistance and ballots in the language of the "applicable minority group," as well as in the English language.
We will have groups of volunteers at the polls providing real time crowd sourcing updates on poll irregularities and any problems that arise at the polling stations and we will host our bilingual hotline. We need your help and would love to have you volunteer with us. To volunteer or to get more information email our Youth Engagement & New Media Coordinator: Jazmin Chavez or send her a tweet @jazminchavez.
This Year: Redistricting
Redistricting is now focused on the 51 member City Council. The redistricting changes that are to be made in the boundaries of these Council districts comes at an important political juncture for New York City and Latinos. 2013 will call for the election of a new mayor, all council and Borough President seats, and the election of a twenty open seats on the councill. Read more here.
Our work in 2010
In 2010, Attorney Jackson Chin visited polling places in Suffolk County, NY, where the Department of Justice had previously sued to enforce Section 203, and Attorney Diana Sen monitored polling places in Volusia County, FL where LatinoJustice PRLDEF won a lawsuit in 2010 that forced the county to provide bilingual voting assistance and materials at all polls. They were joined on the ground by Christina Iturralde in Tampa, and Director of Community Engagement John Garcia in Orlando.
Click here for more information on the Language Minority Provisions of the Voting Rights Act