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Language Assistance for Voting

By law, Florida provides language assistance and translation of election-related materials in Spanish. See Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (52 U.S.C.A. § 10503) and U.S. Census Bureau determination. 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. Statewide-issued or-produced materials are translated. They include the voter registration application and the Florida Voter Registration and Voting Guide (ENG/SPA).
  3. The following thirteen Florida counties are specifically subject to Spanish language requirements under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. They must provide oral and written assistance and election-related materials such as instructions, forms, ballots and notices:
    • Broward
    • DeSoto
    • Hardee
    • Hendry
    • Hillsborough
    • Lee
    • Miami-Dade
    • Orange
    • Osceola
    • Palm Beach
    • Pinellas
    • Polk
    • Seminole

All counties in Florida may also be subject to other language requirements under the Voting Rights Act including but not limited to 52 U.S.C.A § 10303 (language assistance to persons who were educated in Spanish in American-flag schools in U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico) 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

Resources

  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission –