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
    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?
    The government should only provide ballots in one language and that is english. According to the constitution only citizens(19th amendment) shall not be denied the right. In order to be a citizen you must have either been born here(which means you should already know english) or naturalized(which requires that you pass a english compression test). The government should not cater to lazy ****s who refuse to learn our language. So the answer to the poll is not only no but hell no.Especially seeing how you must be a US citizen to even register to vote.

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/blvrbystate.htm

    http://www.eac.gov/files/voter/nvra_update.pdf
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    We need to legally make English the common language.

    A nation can survive being multi-cultural, perhaps... I doubt a nation can long survive having too many citizens who are unable to communicate with most other citizens.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    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.
    There is no such thing as "American English." We have a theoretical set of rules for everyone, but in practice English changes depending on where you are in the country. If you want to demonstrate that, throw a guy from California, one from New York, one from Minnesota, and one from Arkansas in a room and have them talk.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    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.
    Even though many Thai citizens have learned to speak English?
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    You know, that's actually a good point that I didn't consider.
    I think the focus on this issue is often too specific - barring out other reasons for multi-language instructions, signs, etc - important things should be as easy to understand as possible.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    Even though many Thai citizens have learned to speak English?

    Irrelevant to my point.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    No.

    As I understand it, you cannot vote unless you have become a citizen of the USA. Of course, election/voter fraud might bypass this in some small instances, but in general...you have to be a citizen.

    Further, I believe you need basic english language comprehenshion to become a citizen.
    As quoted from [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_nationality_law"]Wikipedia[/ame]:
    ...and must pass a test on United States history and government. Most applicants must also have a working knowledge of the English language. There are exceptions, introduced in 1990, for long-resident older applicants and those with mental or physical disabilities. This requirement for an ability to read, write, and speak English is not regarded as too difficult, since the test requires that applicants read and write in English.
    Thus, it would seem that no one who is voting should need a different language.

    Indeed, if they do, they shouldn't be voting.
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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 make a good point there.

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

    I voted "in all languages"...this is so damn absurd...All languages would be about 100, but there could be 500 worldwide...
    And still the voters would not know what they are doing, nor who to vote for; and a minority vote anyway.
    Twenty, thirty years ago ,there was none of this more than one language crap. Now, thats not good enough....
    How we have "backsliden"..
    Lets put and end to this crap with more than one language !
    We do need reform/improvement in this area, lets stay with one language.

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

    As a side note on the whole multiple languages discussion, IMO it is better to have one standard language, for various reasons, among them:

    • Simplification of forms, etc.
    • One language would seem to unify a people better than multiple. The various dialects of English we have developed in the USA tend to cause slight issues for some, what would multiple languages do?
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Whether or not we should have one language is a separate issue from whether or not ballots should be printed in languages other than English.

    It's one thing to have English be the language of day-to-day government affairs, but I think voting is a bit different since citizens have a right to vote. The government can make reasonable accommodations for the most commonly spoken languages, without having to print up ballots in 2,000 different languages.
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