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Wisconsin Elections Division Announces New Non-English Voter Materials

Date: 
June 23, 2008

MADISON, WI – The Elections Division of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) has posted updated Spanish and Hmong language versions of the state voter registration form (GAB-131) to its web site at http://gab.wi.gov.

The new forms remind voters to list their names exactly as they appear on their Wisconsin driver’s licenses or, if they have no driver’s license, their Social Security cards. There also is a space for the signature, printed name and number of a Wisconsin special registration deputy, if a deputy helps register the voter.

“These new forms help voters whose primary language is not English to participate in the democratic process,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator.

The updated Spanish and Hmong voter registration form may be downloaded directly from the G.A.B. web site at http://gab.wi.gov.

Five newly released Asian language glossaries of elections and voting terms also have been added to the G.A.B. web site. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) last week announced the new election materials, which include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

“Non-English elections materials help voters who are new to the United States or are generally unfamiliar with the vocabulary of voting,” said Robinson. “These new glossaries are dual purpose: A Korean speaker can check terms in English or Korean.”

The glossaries are posted under “Clerk Information” and “Reference” on the Elections Division portion of the G.A.B. website. More non-English information is available on the EAC website at http://www.eac.gov/voter/language-accessibility-program-1