The Department of Elections Expands Outreach on Language Resources for the November 8 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, October 13, 2022 – This month the Department of Elections and the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) will collaborate in providing election information to residents who speak languages other than English.

OCEIA is integrating multilingual voter education and outreach to immigrant communities across its program areas as follows:

  • OCEIA Community Ambassadors are distributing information about the November 8 election to city residents in multiple languages.
  • The Immigrant Parent Voting Collaborative, funded by OCEIA, is conducting multilingual education campaigns to inform noncitizen parents of their right to vote in the November 8 School Board election.
  • The Department of Elections has met with the San Francisco Language Access Network, a coalition of seven community-based organizations funded by OCEIA, and will meet with the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission this month, to provide multilingual information about the upcoming election and partner on outreach efforts.

“The Department of Elections has partnered with the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs for several years to reach people with election information in various languages,” said Director John Arntz. “We consider OCEIA a critical partner in our language assistance program each election. Both the Department and OCEIA seek to ensure everyone has equal access to election-related information and services, including those who prefer to receive information in a language other than English.”

“Language access is civic engagement in its most fundamental form,” said Richard Whipple, Acting Director of OCEIA. “I commend the Department of Elections and its language access advisory committee for taking a robust approach to language access that centers equity and inclusion.”

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the Department of Elections’ outreach staff will continue staffing registration and voter information tables at numerous community events throughout San Francisco and will conduct “merchant walks” in neighborhoods with large concentrations of people speaking languages other than English to distribute outreach materials to business owners for display at their storefronts.

The Department offers official bilingual ballots and Voter Information Pamphlets in English, Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish, as well as facsimile ballots in Burmese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese. The Department’s website, sfelections.org, offers a wealth of multilingual information and online tools, and bilingual assistance is available by telephone, and in-person at the City Hall Voting Center and at any of the San Francisco’s 501 polling places.

Any San Francisco voter may request a translated ballot or Voter Information Pamphlet by visiting the Department’s office at City Hall, Room 48, the City Hall Voting Center, or any polling place, by going online to sfelections.org/language, or by contacting the Department by telephone at (415) 554-4375. Once a voter has made a request for translated election materials, their official election materials will automatically be delivered in that language, in addition to English.

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
sfelections.org

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