NBC News: How a Boston suburb corrected voter rights violations against Asian Americans
NBC News - On Election Day last month, poll worker Bobby Lee helped an Asian American voter at a polling station in Malden, near Boston – the man who spoke limited English asked him if he had to fill in every bubble on the ballot. . .
Poll monitors in Malden found that “seven out of 10 poll sites did not provide any Chinese language interpreters and that almost all poll sites were missing some translated signage and/or materials,” Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) wrote in a letter to Malden city officials.
Under the Voting Rights Act, qualifying jurisdictions must have bilingual voting information and interpreters at the polls. It also lets people bring someone into the voting booth to translate.
“For so many Asian American voters who are elderly or first-time voters, just seeing an Asian American poll worker is such a relief. They feel so much more at ease,” said Jerry Vattamala, democracy program director at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). . .