January 16, 2013

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Putnam agrees to provide language access for voters

CARMEL – The Putnam County Board of Elections is the latest to agree with the state Attorney General’s Office that it would provide bilingual election-related materials for its Spanish-speaking residents.

Dutchess, Ulster and Rockland counties have also reached similar agreements with the AG’s office. Orange County was ordered to do the same under a federal court decree last year.

“Every eligible New Yorker should be able to cast an effective and meaningful ballot, regardless of their language ability,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Our office is committed to enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and will work to ensure that all voters in New York have full and equal access to the ballot box.”

Putnam will now provide Spanish language registration forms, absentee ballots, affidavit ballots and the Election Day ballot, along with language assistance at the polls on Election Day.

“The Putnam County Board of Elections has consistently been at the forefront of efforts to expand voting rights and voting opportunities,” said Republican County Elections Commissioner Anthony Scannapieco. “We are pleased to have worked with the Attorney General’s Office to expand our language access program and thereby better serve the voters of Putnam County.”

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