One of the big news networks ran a video earlier today that included a sign at a polling place — a multilingual sign. There were at least five different languages on the sign that said Vote Here.
That raised a question: Should English be required to vote in a U.S. election? This country embraces an open door, Melting Pot philosophy that welcomes legal immigrants and bends over backwards to help them assimilate. But if voters do not speak English well enough to vote at English-only polls, with English-only ballots or machines, should it be assumed they understand the process well enough to have the right to vote?
This is another facet of the English-required-for-citizenship discussion. Voting is a fundamental privilege of American citizenship and elections are the basis of our system of government. Shouldn’t a voter have to speak the language in order to participate? Or would you argue that plenty of English-speaking Americans are utterly clueless at the polls, so the question is moot?
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