Voters will be able to bring interpreters with them to help them understand their ballots in Tuesday's runoff election and in all future elections, said Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden.
“Ultimately, both sides were able to reach a satisfactory conclusion in this litigation, and we have taken immediate action to comply with the negotiated terms of the consent order,” Crittenden said in a statement.
Crittenden, who was appointed as a short-term secretary of state when Gov.-elect Brian Kemp resigned after this month's election, issued a bulletin to county election election officials Thursday informing them of the requirement to allow interpreters.
Public notices will be placed at the entrance of each polling place in the state informing voters that they may receive assistance from any person of their choice.
Both parties agreed to settle the lawsuit “to avoid the burden, delays and uncertainties of litigation, and to efficiently and expeditiously promote the parties’ shared goal of ensuring that Georgia’s voters are afforded the rights guaranteed by the requirements of the Voting Rights Act,” according to the court order signed by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten.
In the Nov. 6 general election, voters were allowed to bring an interpreter of their choosing under the Voting Rights Act because there were federal candidates on the ballot, running for Congress. If the settlement hadn’t been approved Thursday, state law would have restricted interpreters in the runoff, which only includes state candidates.
Tuesday's runoff features elections for Georgia secretary of state and the Public Service Commission.