Tuesday, September 19, 2006

English only petitions are OK: Ninth Circuit Court

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The Ninth Circuit now joins two other circuits in holding that voter-circulated petitions (in this case, recall petitions; in the other cases, initiative petitions) need not be translated into other languages to comply with section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. The majority held, and Judge Reinhardt agreed, that these petitions were not materials "provided by" the state to comply with the VRA.