Bethel under fire for possible Voting Rights Act violations

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alaska is asking the U.S District Court to order the City of Bethel to provide effective oral language assistance for Yup’ik speakers. The request is part of a suit filed last year by the ACLU of Alaska, along with the Native American Rights Fund, claiming that election officials have been violating the Voting Rights Act by not effectively translating for Yup’ik speakers.

Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel