As the 2020 election draws near, voter turnout is top-of-mind for election professionals. Increasing voter turnout, particularly in your Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities, should be one of the top goals of your county. Regardless of your threshold languages, translation services can help to improve voter turnout in your county. 

Translation and increased voter turnout

There are many ways that translating your documents leads to increased voter turnout come election day. Prominently, translating your documents allows your LEP community members to fully understand who and what they are voting for. When people have a deep understanding of the ballot measures, candidates, and voting processes, they are more likely to participate in an election. 

Beyond this, translation allows LEP community members to feel like they are a part of the democratic process. When counties and candidates translate their election materials, LEP community members feel as though they are cared for. They are also more likely to feel as though their community cares about their voice and what they have to say. Creating an environment like this for LEP populations can lead to increase LEP voter turnout at the polls come election day.

Increased voter turnout also occurs through translation due to a simplified voting process. When all of your county, including LEP community members, understand how the voting process works, they’re more likely to turn out to vote. Part of this is ensuring that your community members know what they need to bring in order to vote, what materials will be available, and what support will be available when they arrive at the polling place.

Interpretation services can also increase voter turnout in your community. If your community members need help with instructions at the poll, having bilingual staff or community members volunteering at the polls can help. Making the process of voting easier by supporting your community will increase voter turnout as a whole.

If you want to translate your documents to help increase voter turnout in your county, we can help. Call us at 530-750-2040 or request a free quote today to get started on your next election translation project.

 

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