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PUBLIC LAW 102-344—AUG. 26, 1992 106 STAT. 921 Public Law 102-344 102d Congress An Act To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with respect to bilingual election requirements. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the **Voting Rights Language Assistance Act of 1992". SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF LANGUAGE MINORITY PROVISIONS. Subsection (b) of section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973aa-la(b)) is amended to read a^i follows: "(b) BILINGUAL VOTING MATERIALS REQUIREMENT.— "(1) GENERALLY.—Before August 6, 2007, no covered State or political subdivision shall provide voting materials only in the English language. "(2) COVERED STATES AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS.— "(A) GENERALLY.— ^A State or political subdivision is a covered State or political subdivision for the purposes of this subsection if the Director of the Census determines, based on census data, that— "(i)(I) more than 5 percent of the citizens of voting age of such State or political subdivision are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient; " (II) more than 10,000 of the citizens of voting age of such political subdivision are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient; or "(III) in the case of a political subdivision that contains all or any part of an Indian reservation, more than 5 percent of the American Indian or Alaska Native citizens of voting age within the Indian reservation are members of a single language minority and are limited-English proficient; and "(ii) the illiteracy rate of the citizens in the language minority as a group is higher than the national ilHteracy rate. "(B) EXCEPTION. —The prohibitions of this subsection do not apply in any political subdivision that has less than 5 percent voting age limited-English proficient citizens of each language minority which comprises over 5 percent of the statewide limited-English proficient population of voting age citizens, unless the political subdivision is a covered political subdivision independently from its State. " (3) DEFINITIONS.— As used in this section— "(A) the term Voting materials' means registration or voting notices, forms, instructions, assistance, or other Aug. 26, 1992 [H.R. 4312] Voting Rights Language Assistance Act of 1992. 42 USC 1971 note.