Elections officials must step up efforts to help voters who do not speak English well register to vote, then actually cast their ballots, a bipartisan panel recommended in a report released Wednesday.
“Jurisdictions should provide bilingual poll workers to any polling place with a significant number of voters who do not speak English,” the Presidential Commission on Election Administration said among its series of recommendations.
President Barack Obama met Wednesday with the panel, whose co-chairs were his top campaign lawyer, Bob Bauer, and Mitt Romney’s top campaign lawyer, Ben Ginsberg.
"All of us share the belief that, regardless of party affiliation, that our democracy demands that our citizens can participate in a smooth and effective way," the president said.
The recommendation comes at a time when Republicans and Democrats are looking for ways to appeal to an increasingly diverse electorate.
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