The League of Women Voters St. Paul (LWVSP) announces its second installment in a three-part "Learn with the League" series on the difficulties voters can experience due to physical limitations, language, and other issues. Come hear a panel of advocates explore language and cultural limitations at the online program, "Equity and Accessibility in Voting: Language and Cultural Barriers to the Polls, on Tuesday, September 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm.
The goal of voting is to make the actual process less complicated and more open to all eligible voters. The first program in the series, in August, discussed physical barriers to voting. As Minnesota’s population grows, the state is becoming more diverse. Currently, 8.7% of the state’s population is foreign-born. In 1990, this percentage was 2.6%. Today’s figure translates to near half a million foreign born residents out of a total Minnesota population of 5.64 million (2019 data). The largest share of foreign-born residents come from Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Spanish is the most spoken language after English, followed by Somali and Hmong. For the second of this three-part series, LWVSP welcomes panelists Kaohly Her, Minnesota State Representative from District 64A, and Hta Thi Yu Moo, Civic Engagement Coordinator at KOM.
In the interest of public health and safety, this will be a virtual event. The event will be available via Zoom and also will be shown on LWVSP's Facebook page. Interested participants can register on Zoom at this link:
The Zoom webinar will be closed captioned and livestreamed on Facebook and also rebroadcast through St Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) and SCCTV. This program is also supported by the League of Women Voters of Roseville Area.
The final program in the "Equity and Accessibility in Voting" series, scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, will explore voting barriers for young adult/Gen Z voters. More details will be released in October.
Our St. Paul – Learn With the LeagueThe League of Women Voters of St. Paul (www.lwvsp.org), celebrating 100 years, is dedicated to informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWVSP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that neither supports nor opposes political parties or candidates.