Aug 7, 2011 1:33 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
DENVER (AP) - An increase in Spanish speakers could trigger new ballot requirements in 16 Colorado counties.
The Denver Post reports that the county clerks are awaiting federal notification within the month that they must provide election materials in Spanish as well as English, under provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
The Colorado secretary of state's office says there's a chance the entire state could be ordered to provide dual-language ballots.
Ten counties, including Denver County, already are required to provide dual-language ballots or interpreters. Two counties, Montezuma and LaPlata, provide Ute and Navajo interpreters because those languages are spoken rather than written.
The 16 additional counties say they don't have much time to prepare for off-year elections this November.
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