DeKalb County released voting materials and resources in Korean and Spanish on Thursday, making it the first Georgia county to do so voluntarily, officials said.
In partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, Georgia’s third most populous county translated sample ballots, frequently asked questions about voting, absentee ballot guides and drop box location maps into both languages.
“It’s a historic win for advocates working across and in the intersection of immigrants and voting rights,” Stephanie Cho, executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit group, said during a Thursday news conference.
Gwinnett County was the only county to previously offer voting information in another language —Spanish. It’s required to under federal law due to its high percentage of Spanish-speaking residents. No sample ballotsin Georgiahave ever been officially translated into Korean, Cho said.
According to the most recent Census data, roughly 6.3% of DeKalb’s population identifies as Asian, while 8.6% of the population is Hispanic. The Census does not have data on the percentage of DeKalb’s population that primarily speaks a language other than English. Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta estimates that percentage to be more than a third of the Hispanic community and nearly half of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Georgia.