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

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  • Yes, in all languages

    18 18.95%
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    12 12.63%
  • Ballots in the United States should only be in English

    63 66.32%
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    2 2.11%
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    And you wonder why the rest of the world cant stand Americans.
    If I moved to Mexico to live long-term, let alone became a Mexican citizen with the right to vote in Mexican elections... I'd expect to have to habla espanol, by golly!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    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.
    Are you willing to pay for all this?
    Do you want the mess that exists in other nations(China,India for two)
    I am not willing to pay and a mess I do not want, we have enough problems..
    For 200 years immigrants had to learn the language, and now thats not right?
    There must be legislation to have English as the only language, also, an end to "small print".

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
    I hate to bust your chops to prove a point, but seriously dude...

    YOU should already know that the language known as English is always capitalized.

    What is "english compression?"

    Your punctuation leaves something to be desired, too.

    Are you one of those lazy ****s that refuses to learn our language?

    The point is this: a significant number of people born and raised here either can't read English or write well enough to be properly understood by other English speakers. They do things like james has done; try to convey ideas using incorrect / misspelled words, improper punctuation, and poor sentence structure.

    You and I can figure out what james is trying to get across, but his post might well be unintelligible to those who speak English as a second language. As already noted, political and fiscal issues are difficult enough to understand as it is. I'd like voters to be SURE of what they're voting for before they check the box.

    If that means we translate for them, so be it. Ballots should be offered in the languages most prevalent among the constituency being polled.




    Besides, I'm a proofreader of foreign language election materials. It keeps me in beer and Skittles.
    A critique of other's language use(spelling,grammar) is long overdue..
    Good to finally see one do this...
    For this, which takes "balls", a thank you.
    As others have noted, one must know their English before voting...its only being politically correct to have other languages for the voters.
    The voters need only one thing , the truth, and in English..
    Do we have this?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    And you wonder why the rest of the world cant stand Americans.
    I do not know if this is true.
    I do know that there is envy and jealously in other nations.
    Our problems are hatred, fear and ignorance.

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

    At one time, assimilation into American society and culture was a proud goal of legal immigrants....

    What happened?

    Weak kneed, politically correct, pandering politicians is what happened.
    Last edited by webrockk; 05-16-10 at 06:42 PM.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch View Post
    It is............
    I wasn't aware of that.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The cutoff is in the realm of common sense. How many languages can you reasonably supply, let's say 10. Pick the 10 most likely languages to be needed. It's not a hard concept if you just put a tiny bit of thought into it.
    Nor is it a huge burden or expense.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    At one time, assimilation into American society and culture was a proud goal of legal immigrants....

    What happened?
    It's still there. What makes you think it isn't? It's the same as it's always been -- the older generation moving here has a harder time of it, but the kids learn English quickly, get assimilated, and within a generation fit right in.

    Or were you around in the 1920s to tell us how it was different then?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Exactly.
    Important things should be as easy to understand as possible.

    Instructions aren't written in multiple languages for no reason, they're written in multiple languages because it's very important that the person reading and following them can understand everything.

    It's a completely different issue than a unified or national language.
    Right.

    We're talking about ballot questions after all, not names of candidates which are never translated anyway. Ballot questions are often confusing enough in English!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    It's still there. What makes you think it isn't? It's the same as it's always been -- the older generation moving here has a harder time of it, but the kids learn English quickly, get assimilated, and within a generation fit right in.

    Or were you around in the 1920s to tell us how it was different then?
    It's not even close to the same. Why don't you attempt to "honestly" relay how it is...in 2010, instead of presenting some predictable leftie obfuscation hoping to once again throw folks off the scent of your putrid agenda.
    Last edited by webrockk; 05-16-10 at 07:58 PM.

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