Per Chapter 76 of the NYC Charter, the NYC Civic Engagement Commission established minimum standards for interpreter* training and conduct for the City’s Poll Site Language Assistance Program. This rule requires that interpreters be fluent in English and the language to be served. Interpreters are also required to comply with all lawful orders from the staff of the New York City Board of Elections, observe the prohibition on electioneering, and ensure voter privacy.
*Interpreter: someone whose job is to translate information from one language into a second language.
Proposed Rule One Pager
Proposed Rule One Pager (Word Accessible Version)
عربى (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bangla) | 中文 (Chinese) | Français (French) | Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Polskie (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | Español (Spanish) | اردو ( Urdu)
The Civic Engagement Commission will hold a public hearing at 4 PM on July 2nd, 2020 on the proposed rule to set standards for poll site interpreter conduct and training. The hearing will be conducted by video conference.
In compliance with the NYC Charter deadline, the New York City Civic Engagement Commission (NYCCEC) is posting the Methodology for the Poll Site Language Assistance Program, which provides interpretation services at poll sites. The methodology outlines the process for identifying program eligible languages and poll sites in which interpretation services will be offered. The methodology will be used to deliver interpretation services in November 2020 for the general election and all general, primary, and special elections going forward. The NYCCEC will also review the data annually, and update the methodology on or before September 1, 2022, and at least every five years thereafter. The language assistance provided through this Program will supplement the language assistance already provided by the NYC Board of Elections.
The NYCCEC accepted public comments until March 1,2020; it also held a public hearing on February 18, 2020. The recording and transcript of the hearing are available here on the NYCCEC website. While this methodology integrates responses to public comments, an additional FAQ document also summarizes key comments received and the NYCCEC's responses.
The New York City Civic Engagement Commission (NYCCEC) is proposing a methodology for language assistance at poll sites. The methodology explains how the NYCCEC will identify the languages and poll sites in which interpretation services will be offered during the November 2020 election and beyond. These services will supplement the language assistance already provided by NYC Board of Elections (NYCBOE). The public comment period is open from January 1, 2020 to March 1, 2020. The public hearing will be held on February 18, 2020. All are welcome to comment in person, online, or by email.
Proposed Methodology - Poll Site Interpretation Program
Proposed Methodology - Poll Site Interpretation Program (Word Accessible Version)
عربى (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bangla) | 中文 (Chinese) | Français (French) | Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Polskie (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | Español (Spanish) | اردو ( Urdu) | ייִדיש (Yiddish)