Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials. (HB2774)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Minority language accessibility; voting and election materials. Requires the State Board of Elections to prescribe, and a covered locality to provide, voting and election materials in languages other than English. A county, city, or town is designated by the State Board as a covered locality if the State Board determines, in consultation with the Director of the Census, based on the 2010 American Community Survey census data and subsequent American Community Survey data in 5-year increments, or comparable census data, that (i) either (a) more than five percent of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process, (b) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such county, city, or town are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process, or (c) in the case of a county, city, or town containing all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than five percent of the American Indian citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process, and (ii) the illiteracy rate of the citizens of the language minority as a group is higher than the national illiteracy rate. Amends § 24.2-105, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/18/2019Presented and ordered printed 19103013D
01/18/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2019Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #2
01/30/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2774)
01/31/2019Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 4-N)
02/05/2019Left in Privileges and Elections

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