The types of election materials our office translates includes: voting materials, polling place information, election publications, voter outreach and education information, and website information.
The Registrar of Voters also provides a strong base of bilingual support to limited-English voters. This is accompanied by meeting federal and state bilingual poll worker requirements, recruiting bilingual personnel for the public phone bank and maintaining permanent bilingual staff.
Profiles of Language Communities: Topics explored in this section include demographics of the community, bilingual poll worker recruitment requirements, challenges in engaging the voting community and providing language assistance, and the challenges and strategies of presenting a comprehensive voter education and outreach program.
Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations: The Registrar of Voters meets with dedicated individuals from various organizations across Orange County including: advocacy groups, civic groups, citizen leagues, senior centers, and churches. In 2009 the Department established the Community Election Working Group that involves multiple community based and political organizations involved in Orange County elections.
As we continue to expand our language assistance programs to better serve the language communities, we have identified several trends that require attention in the future, including voter interest in vote-by-mail, voter utilization of bilingual poll workers, increasing voter requests for more election information, and the possible addition of Tagalog as a supported language.