In New York You Can Register to Vote in Yiddish


In further efforts by city’s Board of Elections to expand voter access, registration forms now available for Yiddish-speaking constituents

JTA September 20, 2016

The New York City Board of Elections has made voting registration forms available in Yiddish.

The forms were available starting Monday, according to a statement by state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Brooklyn democrat.

Hikind, who is Jewish, said he requested in December that the Board of Elections provide the forms in Yiddish.

“There are thousands of Yiddish speakers in my district and New York State,” Hikind said in the statement. “Everyone deserves the right to have their voice heard and be able to vote. Yiddish-speaking constituents can now register with ease.”

The Board of Elections are required to provide the document which city residents must fill out in order to vote in English, Bengali, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish, according to its website. They provide forms in 11 additional languages, including Yiddish.

In July, the city made voter registration forms available in five new languages in order to expand access to voting.

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