Document Type

Policy Document

Publication Date

Spring 2006


To ensure that that such polling places in the November 8, 2005 New York City Mayoral Election were accessible to all voters, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund in partnership with the New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet) at the University at Albany, State University of New York, conducted an Election Day project to observe the accessibility of poll sites. For this observational study, the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs were chosen as field sites. Specifically, multiple polls sites in two Assembly Districts for each borough were observed-Assembly Districts 51 and 52 in Brooklyn and Assembly Districts 35 and 37 in Queens. Further, we targeted election districts where Latinos comprised at least 10% of the registered voters. With the exception of the availability of multilingual materials, observers did not document any widespread and consistent pattern of poorly administered polling sites, which could result in pervasive disenfranchisement. Observations and surveys documented by observers underscore an ongoing need for strong enforcement of multilingual assistance and information.

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