Bilingual sample booklets, ballots to be used for May 1 special election

All registered voters in Long Beach should have received their sample ballots by now in the mail. Voters will notice that this year’s sample ballot booklet, like the sample ballot booklet sent out for the June 2006 elections, is in both English and Spanish.
“The City Clerk Department is proud to produce a sample ballot booklet that can be understood by Spanish and English speakers alike,” said Larry Herrera, Long Beach city clerk. “Our department always seeks to comply with the Voting Rights Act, both to minimize potential liability for the city and because it is simply the right thing to do.”
Under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, local governments are required to produce their election materials in foreign languages when there are significant numbers of foreign-language speakers present in the jurisdiction.
In Long Beach, the U.S. Department of Justice requires election materials in Spanish, Korean, Khmer, Tagalog and Vietnamese. All sample ballot booklets and official ballots are in a bilingual format with both English and Spanish, while voting materials are available in the other languages upon request.
“We encourage all registered voters, whatever language they may speak, to come out and vote on Tuesday, May 1. The recent Signal Hill election, in which a Council member won by only one vote, reminds us that every vote really does count.”
To view the sample ballot booklet or other election materials in any of the above languages, visit http://www. longbeach.gov/cityclerk.
Additionally, questions regarding the Tuesday, May 1 Special Municipal Election may be directed to the Long Beach City Clerk Department at (562) 570-6101.