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Need a translator to vote? Amid pandemic, California is trying to help

Original post made on Nov 1, 2020

California's push to expand language access in elections has run headlong into pandemic fears and record numbers of Californians voting early, from home.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm

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I disagree with the practice of demanding a translator in order to vote in this country. One should understand the laws, voter initiatives, candidates’ statements, etc. and language (and rules and signs of the road!!) sufficiently in order to vote in that country.


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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 1, 2020 at 11:04 pm

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They mostly vote by whoever is recommended on the apps like WeChat and the other apps that are geared towards their specific groups. Sad but true. Elections have been influenced by this, and money from outside the state is usually involved to get them into power. It happened in Washington State (for Gary Locke), and with our own school board election a few years ago.


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Posted by Lee Forrest
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 2, 2020 at 8:57 am

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>"I disagree with the practice of demanding a translator in order to vote in this country. One should understand the laws, voter initiatives, candidates’ statements, etc. and language (and rules and signs of the road!!) sufficiently in order to vote in that country."

^ Concurring...but nowadays one runs the risk of being branded a bigot, racist, or xenophobe for adhering to such beliefs.

The state of CA now has their various guidebooks, forms & general correspondences printed in about 12-15 different languages.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm

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If you don't speak English, complete a ballot in your own language. Or learn English. If you insist on a bilingual translator, you should pay for the translator. Especially if he/she took a day off work.


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Posted by CovidKid
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 3, 2020 at 7:47 am

CovidKid is a registered user.

Sadly most are illiterate and are voting what friends and family are telling them to. Or someone is simply filling in their mailing ballot for them.


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