Cook County commissioners Scott Britton, 14th District, and Kevin B. Morrison, 15th District, were lead sponsors on the Voting Opportunity and Translation Equity ( VOTE ) Ordinance that unanimously passed at the Cook County Board of Commissioners October board meeting, held Oct. 24.
The VOTE Ordinance mandates that fully translated ballots and voting materials in as many as eight additional languages will be available for suburban Cook County residents with limited-English-proficiency in 2020. In total, the ballot will be available in as many as 12 languages, putting Cook County among the top jurisdictions in the nation for ballot language access.
Illinois is in the top six states for the most naturalized citizens. In Cook County, 35 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home.