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Berks County aims to correct inaccurate Spanish-language voting information sent to voters

Activists and leaders vollied harsh criticism and accusations of voter suppression for incorrect voting instructions.

By Anthony Orozco

Updated: June 2, 2021 | 12:20 pm

DOJ settles with Hazleton police over language barrier

Under the settlement, the police department will update its operating procedures to require “appropriate language assistance” to people who don’t speak English.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Voting rights advocates in Pa. recruit interpreters, multilingual poll workers

Berks, Lehigh, and Philadelphia counties are required to recruit additional poll workers who can interpret for Spanish-speaking voters, as campaigns across the country urge people to help avert shortages.

By Alanna Elder

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Updated: October 1, 2020 | 12:00 pm

State, community groups work to expand voting access for Pennsylvania’s Spanish-speakers

The Spanish-language application comes several months later than what many Latino advocacy groups had originally expected. The threat of litigation against the commonwealth and the counties Berks, Lehigh, Philadelphia was seriously considered. But, the effort between the state and community organizations to roll out them out remained collaborative rather than combative, according to those involved.  

By Anthony Orozco

Pennsylvania is now streaming its daily coronavirus briefings with Spanish captions

The administration had been criticized by a coalition of Latinx advocacy groups in the Philadelphia area, which said the absence of captions deprived thousands of residents of basic information needed during a fast-moving crisis.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Pa. Latinx groups slam Wolf administration for not providing daily coronavirus updates in Spanish

They say daily updates on the pandemic must be captioned in Spanish, and more translations are needed of news releases and other written information.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA