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 Hoplite View Post
    If you want to restrict voting based on people's understanding of the language or the system, you'll have to look seriously at our own population.
    And yet, Tancredo was eviscerated by the left for publically suggesting our own population needs a little civic tweaking.

    What's it gonna be?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    We're talking about ballot questions after all, not names of candidates which are never translated anyway.
    Actually, in some languages we do translate candidate names and place names (at least on the ballots I've worked on). It's primarily Asian languages; Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and so on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Ballot questions are often confusing enough in English!
    Truth.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
    Actually, in some languages we do translate candidate names and place names (at least on the ballots I've worked on). It's primarily Asian languages; Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and so on.
    Oh, actually that makes sense, because they don't use the Roman alphabet. Didn't think of that.

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

    I don't see why we couldn't have ballots with more languages. For electronic voting, the software should be updated to include these languages. Paper ballots should be printed in other languages too. Not just English.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    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.
    India seems to do just fine.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantom View Post
    I don't see why we couldn't have ballots with more languages.
    Its not necessary and it is a waste of money to have ballots in more than one language seeing how only US citizens can vote.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Its not necessary and it is a waste of money to have ballots in more than one language seeing how only US citizens can vote.
    So EVERYBODY in the US speaks perfect English?
    I'm Done

    See my last post

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    So EVERYBODY in the US speaks perfect English?
    You do not need to be a grammar nazi douche to be able to read a ballot. However every citizen should be able to proficiently speak,read and write in English seeing how education is mandatory. Naturalized citizens have to pass a english proficiency test before they can even be a naturalized citizen. Non-citizens do not get to vote in elections.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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

    There shouldn't be a national English requirement because theoretically (and minimally in practice) not every (territory --> state) admitted to the Union consists of English speakers. Louisiana spoke Cajun French when it was admitted and still maintains a presence in certain strips, the possessions ceded to us during the Mexican War spoke Spanish and have had a perpetual presence there ever since, Hawaii speaks a Polynesian language, and Puerto Rico, the most probable candidate as the 51st state, speaks Puerto Rican Spanish. Then there are the Native American languages in their respective states. Culture is a local affair, localities should decide on how to administer the ballots to the individuals comprising those cultures.

    Under Federalism, there is no more need for a national language than there is for the European Union to have a national language.
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    Re: Should the government provide ballots in languages other than English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    There shouldn't be a national English requirement because theoretically (and minimally in practice) not every (territory --> state) admitted to the Union consists of English speakers. Louisiana spoke Cajun French when it was admitted and still maintains a presence in certain strips, the possessions ceded to us during the Mexican War spoke Spanish and have had a perpetual presence there ever since, Hawaii speaks a Polynesian language, and Puerto Rico, the most probable candidate as the 51st state, speaks Puerto Rican Spanish. Then there are the Native American languages in their respective states. Culture is a local affair, localities should decide on how to administer the ballots to the individuals comprising those cultures.

    Under Federalism, there is no more need for a national language than there is for the European Union to have a national language.
    All of which totally ignores the present laws..... good job.
    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

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    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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