Cuyahoga county has agreement for next week’s elections
August 31, 2010 · Print This Article
By Marcus Atkinson
The Federal Department of Justice and Cuyahoga County have come to an agreement concerning bilingual ballots; at least for next week.
The special elections, which will be Sept. 7, will have both English and Spanish versions. Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner’s office will pick up the extra cost needed to have both languages.
An agreement has not been made for the Nov. elections. A total of 500 jurisdictions in 35 states have bilingual ballots. A little-used version of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 allowed for Puerto Ricans who were educated in Spanish to have ballots in Spanish. This was added because Puerto Ricans are citizens by birth and at the time policy-makers decided not to allow Spanish ballots would cause disenfranchisement.