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Election 2014: New LA polling place kiosks speak 10 languages

Information about voting is shown in 10 languages on these new cardboard kiosks that will be in more than 4,600 polling places for the June 3 primary.
Information about voting is shown in 10 languages on these new cardboard kiosks that will be in more than 4,600 polling places for the June 3 primary. Los Angeles County Clerk-Registrar/Recorder

L.A. County voters whose primary language is other than English will have a new tool at the polls this year. Tall, three-sided, illustrated cardboard kiosks with voting information in 10 languages will debut at the June 3 primary, replacing the traditional handout fliers and wordy brochures.

Each of the county's 4,600 polling places will have the fold-out displays.

They explain voters' rights, election laws and have instructions showing how to use the voting machines. The information is in 10 languages: English, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.

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The kiosks cost the County Registrar/Recorder about $60,000 — roughly $12 each.

They are part of an effort by the county to streamline the languages used in voting materials to make participation in elections easier to understand by people who do not speak or read English well.

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the June 3 primary. Online registration is available in English and several other languages through the Secretary of State's website.

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