Groundbreaking Will County Election Guide will Include Spanish Language Translation

JOLIETWill County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry is pleased to announce she is breaking new ground with the Voter Information Guide that will arrive at households in the coming days by including a side-by-side Spanish-language translation for voting information.

Households with at least one registered voter will receive in the mail a single Voter Information Guide that includes information in both English and Spanish. The guide explains options for casting ballots in the June 28 General Primary Election as well as how citizens may register to vote.

This guide includes:

  • Customized sample ballots that show voters exactly who is on each ballot so they may research candidates and referendums.
  • Information about how to request a Vote By Mail Ballot.
  • The nearest Early Voting locations with dates and times for voting.
  • The location of their Election Day Polling Place.

“I am excited to translate important election information to assist Will County voters who speak and read Spanish,” County Clerk Staley Ferry said. ”The translation of the Voter Information Guide is an important initiative that reflects the diversity of our community.”

The County Clerk in December received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice stating that after the completion of the 2020 Census, Will County is “subject to the bilingual election requirements of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act … with respect to persons of Hispanic heritage.”

In response to the letter, County Clerk Staley Ferry directed her Spanish-speaking staff members to immediately begin a concerted effort to translate all important public notices, forms, and instructions into Spanish. This includes instructions on ballots as well as notices and signs at Election Day Polling Places.

“Providing information that people can understand is the best way to make certain that qualified voters have informed access to the ballot,” County Clerk Staley Ferry said.

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