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Voting Rights Act Amendments of 2006, Determinations Under Section 203

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Notice Of Determination.

Summary

As required by Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, this notice publishes the Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) Director's determinations as to which political subdivisions are subject to the minority language assistance provisions of the Act. As of this date, those jurisdictions that are listed as covered by Section 203 have a legal obligation to provide the minority language assistance prescribed by the Act.

 

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Effective Date: This notice is effective on October 13, 2011.

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For information regarding this notice, please contact Ms. Catherine M. McCully, Chief, Census Redistricting Data Office, Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Commerce, Room DIR 8H019, 4600 Silver Hill Rd, Washington DC 20233, by telephone at 301-763-4039, or visit the Redistricting Data Office Internet site at http://www.census.gov/rdo/.

For information regarding the applicable provisions of the Act, please contact T. Christian Herren, Jr., Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, Room 7254-NWB, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20530, by telephone at (800) 253-3931 or visit the Voting Section Internet site at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

In July 2006, Congress amended the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Title 42, United States Code (U.S.C.), 1973 et seq. (See Pub. L. 109-246, 120 Stat. 577 (2006)). Among other changes, the sunset date for minority language assistance provisions set forth in Section 203 of the Act was extended to August 5, 2032.

Section 203 mandates that a state or political subdivision must provide language assistance to voters if more than five (5) percent of voting age citizens are members of a single-language minority group and do not “speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process” and if the rate of those citizens who have not completed the fifth grade is higher than the national rate of voting age citizens who have not completed the fifth grade. When a state is covered for a particular language minority group, an exception is made for any political subdivision in which less than five (5) percent of the voting age citizens are members of the minority group and are limited in English proficiency, unless the political subdivision is covered independently. A political subdivision is also covered if more than 10,000 of the voting age citizens are members of a single-language minority group, do not “speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process,” and the rate of those citizens who have not completed the fifth grade is higher than the national rate of voting age citizens who have not completed the fifth grade.

Finally, if more than five (5) percent of the American Indian or Alaska Native voting age citizens residing within an American Indian Reservations (and off-reservation trust lands) are members of a single language minority group, do not “speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process,” and the rate of those citizens who have not completed the fifth grade is higher than the national rate of voting age citizens who have not completed the fifth grade, any political subdivision, such as a county, which contains all or any part of that Indian reservation, is covered by the minority language assistance provision set forth in Section 203. An American Indian Reservation is defined as any area that is an American Indian or Alaska Native area identified for purposes of the decennial census. For the 2010 Census, these areas were identified by the federally recognized tribal governments, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and state governments. The Census Bureau worked with American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives to identify statistical areas, such as Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Areas (OTSA), State Designated Tribal Statistical Areas (SDTSA), and Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas (ANVSA).

Pursuant to Section 203, the Census Bureau Director has the responsibility to determine which states and political subdivisions are subject to the minority language assistance provisions of Section 203. The state and political subdivisions obligated to comply with the requirements are listed in the attachment to this Notice.

Section 203 also provides that the “determinations of the Director of the Census under this subsection shall be effective upon publication in the Federal Register and shall not be subject to review in any court.” Therefore, as of this date, those jurisdictions that are listed as covered by Section 203 have legal obligation to provide the minority language assistance prescribed in Section 203 of the Act. In the cases, where a state is covered, those counties or county equivalents not displayed in the attachment are exempt from the obligation. Those jurisdictions subject to Section 203 of the Act previously, but not included on the list below, are no longer obligated to comply with Section 203. The previous determinations under Section 4(f)(4) of the Voting Rights Act remain in effect and are unaffected by this determination. (See Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, part 55, Appendix (2010)).

Dated: October 5, 2011.

Robert M. Groves,

Director, Bureau of the Census.

Covered Areas for Voting Rights Bilingual Election Materials—2010 Back to Top
State and political subdivision Language minority group
1Clyde Township in Allegan County.
Alaska:  
Aleutians East Borough Asian (Filipino).
Aleutians East Borough Hispanic.
Aleutians West Census Area Asian (Filipino).
Bethel Census Area Alaska Native (Inupiat).
Bethel Census Area Alaska Native (Yup'ik).
Dillingham Census Area Alaska Native (Yup'ik).
Nome Census Area Alaska Native (Inupiat).
Nome Census Area Alaska Native (Yup'ik).
North Slope Borough Alaska Native Tribe—Tribe not Specified.
North Slope Borough Alaska Native (Inupiat).
Northwest Arctic Borough Alaska Native (Inupiat).
Wade Hampton Census Area Alaska Native (Inupiat).
Wade Hampton Census Area Alaska Native (Yup'ik).
Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Alaska Native (Alaskan Athabascan).
Arizona:  
Apache County American Indian (Navajo).
Apache County American Indian (Pueblo).
Coconino County American Indian (Hopi).
Coconino County American Indian (Navajo).
Coconino County American Indian (Yuma).
Maricopa County American Indian (Tohono O'Odham).
Maricopa County Hispanic.
Mohave County American Indian (Yuma).
Navajo County American Indian (Hopi).
Navajo County American Indian (Navajo).
Pima County American Indian (Tohono O'Odham).
Pima County American Indian (Yaqui).
Pima County Hispanic.
Pinal County American Indian (Tohono O'Odham).
Santa Cruz County Hispanic.
Yavapai County American Indian (Yuma).
Yuma County American Indian (Yuma).
Yuma County Hispanic.
California:  
State Coverage Hispanic.
Alameda County Asian (Chinese).
Alameda County Asian (Filipino).
Alameda County Hispanic.
Alameda County Asian (Vietnamese).
Colusa County Hispanic.
Contra Costa County Hispanic.
Fresno County Hispanic.
Glenn County Hispanic.
Imperial County Hispanic.
Kern County Hispanic.
Kings County Hispanic.
Los Angeles County Asian (Asian Indian).
Los Angeles County Asian (Chinese).
Los Angeles County Asian (Filipino).
Los Angeles County Hispanic.
Los Angeles County Asian (Japanese).
Los Angeles County Asian (Korean).
Los Angeles County Asian (Other Asian—Not specified).
Los Angeles County Asian (Vietnamese).
Madera County Hispanic.
Merced County Hispanic.
Monterey County Hispanic.
Napa County Hispanic.
Orange County Asian (Chinese).
Orange County Hispanic.
Orange County Asian (Korean).
Orange County Asian (Vietnamese).
Riverside County Hispanic.
Sacramento County Asian (Chinese).
Sacramento County Hispanic.
San Benito County Hispanic.
San Bernardino County Hispanic.
San Diego County Asian (Chinese).
San Diego County Asian (Filipino).
San Diego County Hispanic.
San Diego County Asian (Vietnamese).
San Francisco County Asian (Chinese).
San Francisco County Hispanic.
San Joaquin County Hispanic.
San Mateo County Asian (Chinese).
San Mateo County Hispanic.
Santa Barbara County Hispanic.
Santa Clara County Asian (Chinese).
Santa Clara County Asian (Filipino).
Santa Clara County Hispanic.
Santa Clara County Asian (Vietnamese).
Stanislaus County Hispanic.
Tulare County Hispanic.
Ventura County Hispanic.
Colorado:  
Costilla County Hispanic.
Denver County Hispanic.
Rio Grande County Hispanic.
Connecticut:  
Bridgeport town Hispanic.
East Hartford town Hispanic.
Hartford town Hispanic.
Meriden town Hispanic.
New Britain town Hispanic.
New Haven town Hispanic.
New London town Hispanic.
Waterbury town Hispanic.
Windham town Hispanic.
Florida:  
State Coverage Hispanic.
Broward County Hispanic.
Hardee County Hispanic.
Hendry County Hispanic.
Hillsborough County Hispanic.
Lee County Hispanic.
Miami-Dade County Hispanic.
Orange County Hispanic.
Osceola County Hispanic.
Palm Beach County Hispanic.
Polk County Hispanic.
Hawaii:  
Honolulu County Asian (Chinese).
Honolulu County Asian (Filipino).
Honolulu County Asian (Japanese).
Maui County Asian (Filipino).
Illinois:  
Cook County Asian (Asian Indian).
Cook County Asian (Chinese).
Cook County Hispanic.
DuPage County Hispanic.
Kane County Hispanic.
Lake County Hispanic.
Kansas:  
Finney County Hispanic.
Ford County Hispanic.
Grant County Hispanic.
Seward County Hispanic.
Maryland:  
Montgomery County Hispanic.
Massachusetts:  
Boston city Hispanic.
Chelsea city Hispanic.
Fitchburg city Hispanic.
Holyoke city Hispanic.
Lawrence city Hispanic.
Lowell city Hispanic.
Lynn city Hispanic.
Quincy city Asian (Chinese).
Revere city Hispanic.
Southbridge town Hispanic.
Springfield city Hispanic.
Worcester city Hispanic.
Michigan:  
Clyde township1 Hispanic.
Hamtramck city Asian (Bangladeshi).
Hartford city Hispanic.
Mississippi:  
Attala County American Indian (Choctaw).
Jackson County American Indian (Choctaw).
Jones County American Indian (Choctaw).
Kemper County American Indian (Choctaw).
Leake County American Indian (Choctaw).
Neshoba County American Indian (Choctaw).
Newton County American Indian (Choctaw).
Noxubee County American Indian (Choctaw).
Scott County American Indian (Choctaw).
Winston County American Indian (Choctaw).
Nebraska:  
Colfax County Hispanic.
Dakota County Hispanic.
Dawson County Hispanic.
Nevada:  
Clark County Asian (Filipino).
Clark County Hispanic.
New Jersey:  
Bergen County Hispanic.
Bergen County Asian (Korean).
Camden County Hispanic.
Cumberland County Hispanic.
Essex County Hispanic.
Hudson County Hispanic.
Middlesex County Hispanic.
Passaic County Hispanic.
Union County Hispanic.
New Mexico:  
Bernalillo County American Indian (Navajo).
Bernalillo County American Indian (Pueblo).
Bernalillo County Hispanic.
Catron County American Indian (Pueblo).
Chaves County Hispanic.
Cibola County American Indian (Navajo).
Cibola County American Indian (Pueblo).
Doña Ana County Hispanic.
Eddy County Hispanic.
Grant County Hispanic.
Guadalupe County Hispanic.
Harding County Hispanic.
Hidalgo County Hispanic.
Lea County Hispanic.
Luna County Hispanic.
McKinley County American Indian (Navajo).
McKinley County American Indian (Pueblo).
Mora County Hispanic.
Rio Arriba County American Indian (Navajo).
Rio Arriba County Hispanic.
San Juan County American Indian (Navajo).
San Miguel County Hispanic.
Sandoval County American Indian (Navajo).
Sandoval County American Indian (Pueblo).
Santa Fe County American Indian (Pueblo).
Socorro County American Indian (Navajo).
Socorro County American Indian (Pueblo).
Socorro County Hispanic.
Taos County Hispanic.
Valencia County American Indian (Pueblo).
Valencia County Hispanic.
New York:  
Bronx County Hispanic.
Kings County Asian (Chinese).
Kings County Hispanic.
Nassau County Hispanic.
New York County Asian (Chinese).
New York County Hispanic.
Queens County Asian (Asian Indian).
Queens County Asian (Chinese).
Queens County Hispanic.
Queens County Asian (Korean).
Suffolk County Hispanic.
Westchester County Hispanic.
Pennsylvania:  
Berks County Hispanic.
Lehigh County Hispanic.
Philadelphia County Hispanic.
Rhode Island:  
Central Falls city Hispanic.
Pawtucket city Hispanic.
Providence city Hispanic.
Texas:  
State Coverage Hispanic.
Andrews County Hispanic.
Atascosa County Hispanic.
Bailey County Hispanic.
Bee County Hispanic.
Bexar County Hispanic.
Brewster County Hispanic.
Brooks County Hispanic.
Caldwell County Hispanic.
Calhoun County Hispanic.
Cameron County Hispanic.
Castro County Hispanic.
Cochran County Hispanic.
Concho County Hispanic.
Crane County Hispanic.
Crockett County Hispanic.
Crosby County Hispanic.
Culberson County Hispanic.
Dallas County Hispanic.
Dawson County Hispanic.
Deaf Smith County Hispanic.
Dimmit County Hispanic.
Duval County Hispanic.
Ector County Hispanic.
Edwards County Hispanic.
El Paso County American Indian (Pueblo).
El Paso County Hispanic.
Floyd County Hispanic.
Fort Bend County Hispanic.
Frio County Hispanic.
Gaines County Hispanic.
Garza County Hispanic.
Glasscock County Hispanic.
Gonzales County Hispanic.
Guadalupe County Hispanic.
Hale County Hispanic.
Hansford County Hispanic.
Harris County Asian (Chinese).
Harris County Hispanic.
Harris County Asian (Vietnamese).
Hidalgo County Hispanic.
Hockley County Hispanic.
Hudspeth County Hispanic.
Jim Hogg County Hispanic.
Jim Wells County Hispanic.
Karnes County Hispanic.
Kenedy County Hispanic.
Kinney County Hispanic.
Kleberg County Hispanic.
La Salle County Hispanic.
Lamb County Hispanic.
Live Oak County Hispanic.
Lynn County Hispanic.
Martin County Hispanic.
Maverick County American Indian (Kickapoo).
Maverick County Hispanic.
Medina County Hispanic.
Midland County Hispanic.
Mitchell County Hispanic.
Moore County Hispanic.
Nolan County Hispanic.
Nueces County Hispanic.
Ochiltree County Hispanic.
Parmer County Hispanic.
Pecos County Hispanic.
Presidio County Hispanic.
Reagan County Hispanic.
Reeves County Hispanic.
Refugio County Hispanic.
Runnels County Hispanic.
San Patricio County Hispanic.
San Saba County Hispanic.
Schleicher County Hispanic.
Scurry County Hispanic.
Sherman County Hispanic.
Starr County Hispanic.
Sutton County Hispanic.
Swisher County Hispanic.
Tarrant County Hispanic.
Terrell County Hispanic.
Terry County Hispanic.
Titus County Hispanic.
Travis County Hispanic.
Upton County Hispanic.
Uvalde County Hispanic.
Val Verde County Hispanic.
Ward County Hispanic.
Webb County Hispanic.
Willacy County Hispanic.
Wilson County Hispanic.
Winkler County Hispanic.
Yoakum County Hispanic.
Zapata County Hispanic.
Zavala County Hispanic.
Utah:  
Salt Lake County Hispanic.
San Juan County American Indian (Navajo).
Virginia:  
Fairfax County Hispanic.
Washington:  
Adams County Hispanic.
Franklin County Hispanic.
King County Asian (Chinese).
King County Asian (Vietnamese).
Yakima County Hispanic.
Wisconsin:  
Milwaukee City Hispanic.

[FR Doc. 2011-26293 Filed 10-12-11; 8:45 am]

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