Commissioner Scott Britton and Commissioner Kevin Morrison championed the VOTE (Voting Opportunity and Translation Equity) ordinance, which was approved by the County Board last October. The ordinance requires fully-translated ballots in eight more languages over the next two years. The first of these new languages will be Korean and Tagalog, offered for the 2020 Presidential Primary.
Early voting in Cook County begins on March 2nd. Translated ballots will be available in all townships electronically, by audio ballot, and can be requested on an on-demand basis for mail-in ballots. While the electronic ballots are available to voters at every polling place, paper ballots in Korean will be available in Maine, Niles and Northfield townships and Tagalog paper ballots will be in Maine and Niles Townships.