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Legal group claims Hidalgo County is in violation of Federal Voting Rights Act

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund found 36 counties they say are not providing enough bilingual voting information in their website -- Hidalgo County was on that list.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund claims that 36 counties are not providing enough bilingual voting information on their website -- Hidalgo County was on that list.

Section 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act states that "whenever any State or political subdivision [covered by the section] provides registration or voting notices, forms, instructions, assistance, or other materials or information relating to the electoral process, including ballots, it shall provide them in the language of the applicable minority group as well as in the English language."

MALDEF said the information they gathered shows that the 36 counties violated federal law, according to a news release from MALDEF.

The release states that the counties "failed to ensure that Spanish-language information, such as voter registration instructions and new procedures for voter ID, is displayed on official election websites."

CBS 4 News presented the information from the release to the Hidalgo County Elections Department.

Hilda A. Salinas, elections analyst for the county, showed CBS 4 News their website and said their website is constantly changing to include more Spanish-language information. However, the department relies on what is available to them through the Texas Secretary of State's office.

"If there is a change, they themselves have to write the language, they themselves have to design and put everything together and it does take time. It's something that is constantly ongoing," Salinas said.

Salinas also added that the Hidalgo County Elections Department is working with the county's IT department to put out a new update for their website.

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