The Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, in a 2-1 vote on Tuesday, voted to voluntarily offer voting materials in both English and Spanish.

Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) says the step is an “important step forward to ensure all voters in Hall County would be able to exercise their right to vote, regardless of language barriers that existed before.” Dan Carter, director government relations for the Washington, D.C..-based ProEnglish organization, says “the action is unnecessary and expensive because all voters are U.S. citizens and citizens are required to be proficient in English.” 

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