The Chinese language is being added to voting materials in Contra Costa County “as a result of the county’s population growth and corresponding shift in demographics,” county officials announced this week.
The Contra Costa Election Division has added Chinese to the current English and Spanish languages offered on voting materials. The official ballot, Voter Information Guide and other information will appear in all three languages.
“Written material will be in traditional Chinese and the Elections Division will provide audio language assistance in Cantonese and Mandarin,” according to county officials.
The Federal Voting Rights Act requires that a language be included in materials when 10,000 voters, or 5 percent of a county’s voting age citizens, speak a specific language.
“At the end of 2016, the Department of Justice informed us that we crossed that threshold for Chinese,” county officials said.
“We look forward to meeting the needs of all of our voters,” said Joe Canciamilla, Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters.
An information guide with all three languages will be mailed next week to all residents in the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District for a special all vote-by-mail election on March 6.
For more information, visit www.cocovote.us.