- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit say the state fell short in providing outreach and ballot information to Alaska Native voters with limited English ahead of the November elections.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys say while the state attempted to translate more documents than they had previously, there has been no change in the state’s approach to language assistance.

They say there were no outreach workers available in 40 percent of Native villages in the three affected census areas. They say pre-election radio announcements were made in less than half the villages in the census areas.

The filing comes as the two sides seek a possible settlement.

A federal judge last September ordered the state take additional steps to provide voting materials to limited English-speaking Native voters ahead of the elections.

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