Sadly, it doesn’t!
NYC’s diversity is one of our great strengths, but immigrant voices are disproportionately underrepresented at the ballot box.
Approximately 23% of all New Yorkers and approximately 49% of immigrant New Yorkers are limited English proficient. Yet the NYC Board of Elections follows federal law, which only provides support in SOME languages, and even then, only in SOME poll locations.
While the State controls the Board of Elections, the City is allowed to contribute additional translation services on top of what the State mandates.
Putting this in the Charter as a mandated duty of the Civic Engagement Commission will ensure translation and interpretation is permanently and widely available, so language isn’t a barrier to voting.