Denver Elections Partners with Pocketalk to Increase Language Access

Published on May 10, 2024

DENVER, CO – Ahead of the State Primary Election in June, the Denver Elections Division in partnership with the Colorado Department of State is working to increase voting access for non-English speakers in Denver. The agency has partnered with Pocketalk to deploy handheld voice translation devices to employees at its 12 Voter Service and Polling Centers across the city.

 

The translation devices support up to 84 languages and allows employees to translate real-time conversations, text, written words, and signs to ensure clear, cohesive, and accurate communication between staff and voters.

 

“We believe this partnership will help many of our non-English speakers feel confident and comfortable showing up to cast their votes,” Denver Elections Division Director Todd Davidson says. “We are grateful that the Secretary of State’s Office established this relationship and shared it with us to further our vision of equity for voters.”

 

Clerk Paul López echoes the same sentiments. “Language should not be a barrier for eligible voters to make their voices heard. We are proud that our office is giving our polling center staff the ability to communicate with our non-English speakers at any time. This underscores our commitment to executing equitable, fair, and accessible elections.”

 

The State Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 25. Ballots will be mailed out to Republican, Democratic, and Unaffiliated voters on Monday, June 3. Voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on several state offices including the 2nd Judicial District Attorney, United States Congressional seats, State Senate, and State House of Representatives.

 

Residents can visit denvervotes.org to register to vote, update their voter registration, and see where to vote through June 25.

 

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