SPOKANE COUNTY, October 12, 2020 – The Spokane Chapter of the League of Women Voters is increasing voting access for Spokane County citizens by providing translations of sample ballots. The translated sample ballots are available on the League’s website (my.lwv.org/washington/spokane-area/ballot-translations) in six languages - Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and Swahili. The ballots are the outcome of a year-long collaboration between the County Elections Office and the League of Women Voters of the Spokane Area.
“I am pleased that the League stepped up to fill this need in our community,” said Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton. “While not official translations, voters now have a level of access and understanding that my office is unable to provide. This is an amazing example of the Spokane community supporting its residents.”
The translations include all federal, state and county candidate races and advisory measures appearing on the Spokane County November 2020 election ballots. Voters see the candidates and measures in their district by placing the translated ballot side-by-side with the official ballot in English. After reading the instructions and all text in their primary language, they can complete and submit their official ballots with confidence.
“Last year, when Auditor Dalton reached out to the community for an organization to work on creating translated ballots, the League eagerly accepted the invitation. Outreach to underserved communities is a priority of the League of Women Voters, which promotes the right to vote as a fundamental principle of our democracy,” said Sylvia Oliver, Co-President, League of Women Voters of the Spokane Area.
The translated sample ballots can be read online or printed. Local philanthropic organizations provided the funding to the League of Women Voters for the project.