Salt Lake County to provide billingual ballots

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    Although fluency in English is a citizenship requirement which SHOULD obviate the need for bilingual ballots, I don't object too much if it is strictly an accommodation to truly eligible registered voters.

    I just wish as much effort was being made to verify our voter registration lists.

    How many dead people are listed (and how many of those will have votes cast in November)?
    How many single family residences of vacant lots have dozens of people registered as living there?

    Are voter lists checked against voter lists in other states to remove people who have moved and registered elsewhere?

    Are voter registrations matched against the e-verify list to ensure they are really citizens?

    These might be interesting topics for the reporters to investigate, to ensure that we really are getting free and fair elections- in whatever language.

  • GaryW Hurricane, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    Now you have disenfranchised the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese,French, German, Dutch, Finnish,Welsh, Italian, Hindu, Russian, Swedish . . .
    This is America where we speak English. Learn it.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    And I'm sure Mexico has ballots available in English...

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:55 p.m.

    Hmmm English and Spanish only? So the County will continue to disefranchise those who speak Tagalog, Cambodian, Thai and Chinese! Seem like the County commission needs to figure out a truelly fair way to allow for equal access and equal opportunity to vote. There is a dangerous pattern here. Just a thought.

  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    I don't understand this at all. I thought you had to be a citizen to vote, and I thought you had to be reasonably proficient in the English language to become a citizen. What's going on here?