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Dearborn to have Arabic-translated ballots ahead of August primary


For the first time, Dearborn will officially have Arabic-translated ballots and other election materials available ahead of the August primary.  

The move is intended to increase voter inclusion, accessibility and turnout. According to 2020 census data, Dearborn is 47% Arab American and 46% of residents speak Arabic. 

“Big moment for our democracy,” Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud tweeted Saturday. 

A number of cities across the U.S. already provide ballots in highly spoken languages, such as Spanish or Chinese.  

 In Michigan, there has been a recent push to improve voting access. Hamtramck, home to the country’s third-largest Bengali community, passed a resolution last year to provide ballots in Bengali. 

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Previously, ballots had been available only in English.