Monday, November 04, 2019

AAAJ-LA v. Padilla (Cal. Ct. App. - Nov. 4, 2019)

There's a fight about the degree to which Section 14201 of the Elections Code requires the California Secretary of State to post facsimile ballot materials in languages other than English.  The Court of Appeal resolves that fight.  A resolution in which both sides in a little bit.

What was most interesting to me was to see the list of what languages we're fighting about; in particular, what languages have "minority language groups" that constitute three percent or more of a precinct's population.

Some of the candidates are obvious:  Spanish, Chinese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.  Some are much less so.

Which of the following language(s) do you think do not have a precinct in California in which three percent or more of the population primarily speaks the relevant language:

(A) Tagalog;
(B)  Formosan;
(C)  Ilocano;
(D)  Khmer.

Answer:  We've got precincts for all of these.  To be honest, I had never even heard of (C), and had to look it up.  More proof that you can learn something new every day.