Judge Orders Spanish-Language Ballots in Florida in 2020

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A federal judge ordered 32 counties in Florida to provide Spanish-language ballots for the 2020 presidential primaries.

US District Judge Mark Walker ruled on May 10 that Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee and the 32 county elections supervisors (of 67 counties in Florida) must provide bilingual ballots by the March 17 primary, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The preliminary injunction also requires those counties to provide Spanish-language election assistance and bilingual voting materials by August.

“Latinos represent more than 25 percent of the Florida population, and it is essential that their voices are heard and included in every election cycle,” The Hispanic Federation said in a statement to The North Star.

“We have important work to do in Florida to remove barriers to voting, improve voter access and enforce the rights of all voters so that their votes are counted,” the statement continued. “Language access should…

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