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State: Montgomery County must do more for Spanish-speaking voters

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Back in November, the Montgomery County Board of Elections made a substantial effort to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters at certain polling locations, but according to the state Attorney General’s Office, it wasn’t enough. Thomas Trace, a representative of the Attorney General’s Office, met with the county Board of Supervisors last week to talk about how the voting system could be made more accessible to Spanish speakers. The conversation was prompted by a memorandum of agreement sent ...

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January 17, 2013
8:26 a.m.

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Honestly, if you can't make the effort to learn enough English words to vote, what business do you have voting? You obviously do not know the issues or the candidates' nuanced views on these same issues. Couldn't we just put Democrat operatives at the polling places to show the non-english speakers which line is Democrat and leave it at that?

January 18, 2013
1:10 p.m.

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This US born reader has been making the effort to learn Spanish for the past two years taking classes at SCCC. It seems to me that if I can make such an effort, then those who choose to come here can make an effort to learn English.

I am of the belief that the only multi-lingual signage or publications that our tax dollars should be spent on are those that either:

1- point out a danger that would affect life, limb, or property


2- where to find classes to learn English.

Would a US citizen moving to most Latin countries find other governments so accomodating to our failure to know the native tongue?