Seven Minnesota House Democrats have introduced a bill that would require the secretary of state to hire a translator to have voting instructions and ballots be translated in languages other than languages.
The bill would specifically require that at least Somali, Hmong and Spanish instructions and ballots are available in voting precincts.
At a minimum, voting instructions and sample ballots must be prepared and made available in print, electronic, and audio-visual formats in those three languages.
The language of the bill makes it clear that Somali, Hmong, and Spanish would be the minimum requirements and more languages could be added. So far no cost estimates are available for this bill.
This bill is unlikely to get traction in the Republican State Senate.
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