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Voting Rights Act Amendments of 2006, Determinations Under Section 203

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AGENCY:

Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

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.

DATES:

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

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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/​.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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)).

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Dated: October 5, 2011.

Robert M. Groves,

Director, Bureau of the Census.

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Covered Areas for Voting Rights Bilingual Election Materials—2010

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