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Language support

Voters who do not speak English can get help for voting.

Will I get assistance in the polling place?

The National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) requires certain counties to provide assistance to people with limited English proficiency. If the population of voting age people who speak another language reaches 5% or 10,000, then the county has to offer voting information and services in that language.

There are currently three counties in Pennsylvania should provide assistance in Spanish:

  • Berks County
  • Lehigh County
  • Philadelphia County

Can I bring someone with me to help me vote?

You can get help voting, as long as the person who helps you:

  • is not your employer or union representative
  • is not the judge of elections
You do not need to get permission before each election to have someone help you vote, but you may be asked to sign a declaration stating that you need assistance at the polling place. This declaration is now available in Spanish, Traditional Chinese,  Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese