2d SSHB 288: "An Act relating to bilingual voting.'"

00 2d SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 288 01 "An Act relating to bilingual voting.'" 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 15.15 is amended by adding a new section to read: 04 Sec. 15.15.245. Voting assistance for persons with limited English 05 proficiency. (a) The director shall 06 (1) provide bilingual voting materials or oral translation help at polling 07 places and absentee voting stations designated under AS 15.20.045(b) in an election 08 district in which at least five percent of the voting-age citizens speak a single common 09 language other than English and are persons with limited English proficiency, as 10 determined by the director of the United States Bureau of the Census, based on the 11 latest available American Community Survey census data or comparable census data; 12 and 13 (2) ensure, to the greatest degree possible, the accurate translation of 14 voting materials and the accuracy and availability of oral translation help provided to 15 persons with limited English proficiency.

01 (b) In this section, 02 (1) "voting materials" means registration or voting notices, forms, 03 instructions, assistance, or other materials or information relating to the electoral 04 process, including ballots; 05 (2) "with limited English proficiency" means unable to speak or 06 understand English well enough to participate in the electoral process.