Alaska Natives Sue Over Election Translations

Two elderly Yup'ik speakers and two tribal organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against Alaska, saying state election officials have failed to provide language assistance at the polls as required by federal law.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Two elderly Yup'ik speakers and two tribal organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against Alaska, saying state election officials have failed to provide language assistance at the polls as required by federal law.
The lawsuit was filed Friday, naming named Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, the state's top election official, as a defendant. Regional election officials in Fairbanks and Nome were also sued.
The lawsuit, filed U.S. District Court by the Anchorage office of the Native American Rights Fund, says the state is violating the federal Voting Rights Act by not providing ballots and voting instructions for speakers of Yup'ik and its dialect in Hooper Bay, Cup'ik.
The plaintiffs contend that the failure of the state to provide language assistance appears to have suppressed voter turnout among Natives in the region.