View Poll Results: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Theoretically I'm sure that a discrimination suit could be filed.
    For a discrimination suit to be successful, it generally requires the plaintiff to prove that the defendant acted unreasonably. No polling location can reasonably be expected to stock ballots in Quechua, if only one family in the entire district speaks Quechua.

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum
    I'm speaking about fairness here. Should the fact that a new citizen comes from an obscure country be grounds to deny him a ballot in his own language. Is that concept too complicated for you to grasp, dear?
    Should they get a ballot in their own language, in a perfect world? Yes. Can the state be reasonably expected to provide ballots for every single language? No.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    No, I think English should be the national language of the United States, and all federal matters should be carried out solely in English. And it should damn well be American English too, not that fruity crap they speak over in Britain.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    There is no official language in the US. Sure the common language is English, but there is no official language of the state. So yes, people should get a ballot in the language of their choice.

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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    My state offers ballots in:

    Additional Languages and Formats
    Choose your language:

    Chinese
    Spanish
    Cambodian
    Korean
    Laotian
    Russian
    Vietnamese

    How do you feel about this? If ballots are offered in these languages, does that discriminate against immigrants that speak different languages? Should ballots in the U.S. be offered in any language other than English?
    I voted that ballots should only be provided for the most common languages. Specifically, I think they should be provided for the most common languages spoken in that state. The state knows what kind of population it has, and how best to serve it.

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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    English only.

    If I were a citizen of Thailand, I wouldn't expect special treatment by the government and be provided a ballot in English simply because I can't be bothered to learn the language. I would expect that I would have to learn to read and speak Thai.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    My state offers ballots in:

    Additional Languages and Formats
    Choose your language:

    Chinese
    Spanish
    Cambodian
    Korean
    Laotian
    Russian
    Vietnamese

    How do you feel about this? If ballots are offered in these languages, does that discriminate against immigrants that speak different languages? Should ballots in the U.S. be offered in any language other than English?
    I feel that writing in someone's familiar language would be the best thing - if not the entire ballot then information on a website about each ballot issue/question so someone can, with relative ease, learn about what they're voting for.

    Not because I don't want everyone to speak English and read/write it - but because even if someone has lived here since they were 10 years old and know English VERY well they might still understand their language better.

    My ballots are written to where they're confusing. English IS my only language and I STILL have a hard time understanding what is written - it's just wordy, bulky, jumbled and confusing. I have to re-read some things several times before completely grasping what a 'no' vote would be against and what a 'yes' vote would support.

    I think that something as important as a vote shouldn't be made more confusing than it already is.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I feel that writing in someone's familiar language would be the best thing - if not the entire ballot then information on a website about each ballot issue/question so someone can, with relative ease, learn about what they're voting for.

    Not because I don't want everyone to speak English and read/write it - but because even if someone has lived here since they were 10 years old and know English VERY well they might still understand their language better.

    My ballots are written to where they're confusing. English IS my only language and I STILL have a hard time understanding what is written - it's just wordy, bulky, jumbled and confusing. I have to re-read some things several times before completely grasping what a 'no' vote would be against and what a 'yes' vote would support.

    I think that something as important as a vote shouldn't be made more confusing than it already is.
    You know, that's actually a good point that I didn't consider.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    English should be our official language, and required for citizenship. Using one language is the most efficient method of conducting commerce. It is also the language that our founding documents were written.

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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Man View Post
    English should be our official language, and required for citizenship. Using one language is the most efficient method of conducting commerce. It is also the language that our founding documents were written.
    We should also add the provision that any text that is intended for public consumption (i.e. descriptions of issues on ballots, etc.) should be written in common English that the average person only needs to read once to understand.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    If this country is going to allow immigrants from other countries then some kind of accommodations should be made for areas that have larger populations of certain language groups. It could be a master ballot that uses photos. We have enough technology I'm sure inexpensive methods could be devised. Sure English runs the country but, common sense needs to be used also.

    To demand and restrict all ballots be only in English seems un-American and a Rovian-like way to disenfranchise certain groups from voting.
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