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Language Assistance for Voting

Based on U.S. Census Bureau determination, Florida is a covered jurisdiction for providing language assistance and translation of election-related materials in Spanish. See Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (52 U.S.C.A. § 10503). The state provides this assistance in several ways:

  1. Spanish assistance is available through the statewide voter assistance and voter hotlines.
  2. Information is available on the Division of Elections’ website, including the translation of statewide-issued or-produced materials such as the voter registration application and the Florida Voter Registration and Voting Guide in Spanish.
  3. Additionally, the following 13 Florida counties are specifically subject to Spanish language requirements including providing oral and written assistance and election-related materials such as instructions, forms, ballots and notices. Those counties are:
    • Broward
    • DeSoto
    • Hardee
    • Hendry
    • Hillsborough
    • Lee
    • Miami-Dade
    • Orange
    • Osceola
    • Palm Beach
    • Pinellas
    • Polk
    • Seminole

These counties and others may also be subject to provisions of the Voting Rights Act including but not limited to 52 U.S.C.A § 10303 (language assistance to persons who were educated in the U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico where English is the primary language) and 52 U.S.C.A § 10508 (assistance in voting-by-mail or at the polls for persons with blindness, disability or other inability to read or write or limited English proficiency). 

For more information about language services available in your county, contact your county Supervisor of Elections office

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