Nye County first in nation to offer voting in Shoshone language

In order to remain in compliance with a section of the Voting Rights Act, Nye County, Nevada will become the first location in the nation to offer translations of all its election materials in the Native American Shoshone language. Every five years, census data is collected to see if certain locations in the United States require translations of ballot materials for minority language speakers. The data recently collected from Nye County means that, for at least the 2024 and 2026 elections, translation assistance will be needed for speakers of Shoshone. Because Shoshone is a largely oral language, live translators will likely be required at certain voting sites, as well as written translations.

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