The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is trying to figure out how best to accommodate Spanish speaking voters in that county who are of Puerto Rican descent. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says every legal voter should be given the opportunity to understand the ballot. Her spokesman, Patrick Gallaway, says many voters of Puerto Rican descent cannot understand English well enough to vote on their own.
The U.S. Department of Justice raised concerns over this issue in July. Puerto Rican voters are, by birthright, American citizens who are educated in Spanish. They are protected by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.