Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund (PRLDEF)
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
"Votes cast in Spanish were lost during a touch screen machine demonstration to the California legislature, but the system worked properly when English was chosen. Touch-screen review screens failed to display votes properly when Spanish was selected in official parallel testing on election day in Palm Beach County, Florida. In New Mexico, during the 2004 election, electronic ballots in Hispanic and Native American precincts registered three times as many undervotes (no vote cast) as the electronic ballots in Anglo precincts. But when the state switched to paper ballots, the undervote rates in minority precincts were comparable to those in Anglo precincts. While electronic voting machines promise greater accessibility for voters with limited English proficiency and those who have disabilities, the opportunity they present for ethnic profiling by language choice is unacceptable."
"Statement of Concern Regarding H.R. 811 and the Problems of Electronic Voting Technologies and Electronic Ballots," www.prldef.org, May 2007
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"Three young attorneys— Jorge Batista, Victor Marrero and Cesar A. Perales—decided to establish an organization that could challenge the nation's barriers and provide Latinos with the legal resources to overcome the obstacles that frustrated their dreams and limited their lives. In 1972, in a non-descript office on Second Avenue, PRLDEF was born."
"About Us" www.prldef.org (accessed May 25, 2007)
"PRLDEF champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with advocacy and education, PRLDEF creates opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their communities."
"PRLDEF's first lawsuit, Aspira v. New York City Board of Education, resulted in the ground-breaking Aspira Consent Decree which forced the school system to stop ignoring the needs of non-English speaking students and implement bilingual education techniques to effectively instruct these students." ("About Us" www.prldef.org (accessed May 25, 2007))