Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter IV. Multilingual Election Materials.


§ 1–1031.01. “Non-English speaking person” defined.

As used in this section, the term “non-English speaking person” shall mean a person whose native speaking language is a language other than English, and who continues to use his or her native language as his or her primary means of oral and written communication.


(Sept. 2, 1976, D.C. Law 1-79, title IV, § 402, 23 DCR 2050; Apr. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 1-126, title IV, § 402, 24 DCR 2372; Mar. 16, 1982, D.C. Law 4-88, §§ 2(q), 6, 29 DCR 458.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1309(a).

1973 Ed., § 1-1105c.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-636.02.


§ 1–1031.02. Election materials to be supplied in Non-English language and in English.

(a) In election wards in the District of Columbia in which non-English speaking persons who speak the same language constitute 5 percent or more of the eligible voting population, as determined by the Statistical Office of the District of Columbia government, the Board of Elections and Ethics (hereinafter in this section referred to as the “Board”) shall cause all election materials, including, but not limited to, ballots, voting instructions, and voter pamphlets, to be supplied in both the native language of such non-English speaking eligible voters and English.

(b) The Board may by regulation adopt lesser percentages of non-English speaking persons in a particular ward or precinct who would be sufficient to obtain election materials in a language other than English, and may by regulation, establish procedures to allow non-English speaking persons to participate in the electoral process where such non-English speaking persons do not constitute 5 percent or more of the eligible voting population in 1 ward or precinct.


(Sept. 2, 1976, D.C. Law 1-79, title IV, § 403, 23 DCR 2050; Apr. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 1-126, title IV, § 402, 24 DCR 2372; Mar. 16, 1982, D.C. Law 4-88, §§ 2(q), 6, 29 DCR 458.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1309(b), (c).

1973 Ed., § 1-1105c.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-636.02.