Dear Governor Brown:
Earlier this summer, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced a state bill (AB 817) that would allow for more poll volunteers to assist voters who don’t speak English fluently. Over 2.6 million eligible California voters are limited in their English proficiency. This measure passed the state Senate and awaits being signed into law.
We are asking you to sign AB 817 into law now.
Assemblymember Bonta’s bill will strengthen county election officials’ ability to provide assistance to voters with limited English proficiency by extending the pool of volunteers from which to recruit. This will be a huge boost to many communities in California. If signed into law, 57 counties in California will have better language access for voters under federal and/or state law starting in 2014.
Please sign this bill now and ensure that every American voter’s voice is heard in California — no matter what language we speak.
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