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MichiganVoting.org Sets Precedent with Multilingual Voter Education Materials

Voting rights materials in Spanish, Arabic, Bengali and English aim to make voting more accessible

MICHIGAN, Sept. 14, 2020:  The ACLU of Michigan in collaboration with more than 100 partners and election officials from across the state launched MichiganVoting.org this year and to date have taken unprecedented steps to ensure voting rights education materials are available in multiple languages.

“We have one simple goal - to ensure every eligible voter can make their voice heard in our democracy. Ensuring that voting rights information is available in multiple languages is critical to the goal,” said Sharon Dolente, voting rights strategist of ACLU of Michigan. “Our effort to make voter rights information available not just broadly, but in four languages is really unprecedented in Michigan.”

The group has developed the Know Your Rights voter guide to educate voters about their rights and has produced this resource in Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, and English. The guide is available in hard copy and is downloadable in multiple formats at 
www.MichiganVoting.org to increase access for voters with disabilities. In addition to the Know Your Rights guide, the program has also partnered with advocacy organizations to create targeted digital and social media content in languages that reach communities that are often ignored.

“The work we’re doing to create videos and graphics about voting rights in multiple languages is really exciting,” said Rebeka Islam, executive director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote – Michigan. “Through this collaboration we’ll be able to reach more voters, with trusted messengers, about important information related to voting than we ever have before.”

MichiganVoting.org has produced graphics and videos for social media, flyers and posters all in multiple languages and are in the process of recording videos on how to register to vote, how to vote before Election Day and how to become a poll worker in nine languages. The groups also run nonpartisan Election Protection Hotlines in several languages to answer questions from voters and troubleshoot problems.



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