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Election 2013 > Minority Language Requirements

On October 13, 2011, the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau informed Clark County that, based upon 2010 census data, future elections must also be conducted in Filipino* (Tagalog), as well as English and Spanish.  See the Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 198, October 13, 2011.

The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") enforces these minority language requirements.

*The Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines designates "Filipino" as the national language in Article XIV, Section 6. For more information about the differences between the terms Filipino, Tagalog, and Pilipino see the article "Filipino? Tagalog? Pilipino?". The article indicates "the national language was labeled Filipino to acknowledge and embrace the existence of and preference for many English and Spanish derived words. 'Western' letters such as f, j, c, x and z — sounds of which were not indigenous to the islands before the arrival of the Spaniards and the Americans — were included in the official Filipino alphabet."

Implementation
The Clark County Registrar of Voters will provide registration and voting materials in English, Filipino (Tagalog), and Spanish. These materials include registration notices, voting notices, forms, instructions, assistance, and other materials and information relating to the electoral process, including ballots. This is mandated by 42 U.S.C. § 1973aa-1a(c).

 

 

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