Bilingual Mailers Sent to 12,000 Voters in Gwinnett by Election Officials


(Gwinnett Daily Post) - Gwinnett County elections officials announced on Tuesday that they took a step to show they are complying with federal rules regarding access for Spanish-speaking voters.

The county sent out 12,000 bilingual letter to voters in Lilburn and Snellville on Friday to let them know their city polling locations had changed.

The mailing of the letters may sound like a somewhat mundane move, but it carries much more significance for one key reason: Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Division said it was the first time they had done an official bilingual mass mailing to voters.

Census data released at the time estimated that there were 45,285 voting-age Hispanic residents, and that 10,555 of those people spoke Spanish at home, and spoke English “less than very well.”

More recent population estimates, from the Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, shows that 174,843 Hispanic residents are believed to live in Gwinnett County, about 20.3 percent of the county’s total population. The demographic data from the 2016, which lists Gwinnett’s total population as an estimated 907,135 people, has not yet been released.

By comparison, there were 64,137 Hispanic people living in Gwinnett 17 years ago, making up about 10.9 percent of the total population at the time, according to data from the 200o Census.

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