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Activity Number: 331
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #304224
Title: Application of a Small-Area Model for a Voting Rights Act Tabulation
Author(s): Patrick Joyce*+ and Donald Malec and Roderick Little and Aaron Gilary
Companies: U.S. Census Bureau and National Center for Health Statistics and University of Michigan/U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Census Bureau
Address: 1410 N Scott St, Arlington, VA, 22209, United States
Keywords: voting rights ; small area models ; Bayesian applications ; survey methods

We describe the small area model which was developed and used to provide determinations of voting materials needed in languages other than English (Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act). In order to make these determinations estimates of characteristics for states and political subdivisions relating to citizenship, limited-English proficiency, and illiteracy are all needed. The method utilizes both 2010 Census counts available for detailed language minority groups in small areas along with the corresponding detailed characteristics collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). Point estimates under an empirical Bayes procedure and variances under a Bayes procedure are discussed.

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