Skip to comments.Arizona GOP secretary of state candidate says ballots should only be printed in English
Posted on 08/15/2018 6:26:05 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
A candidate running to be Arizonas next secretary of state said the state should stop offering ballots printed in other languages and provide them only in English.
The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Republican candidate Steve Gaynor made the proposal during a candidate forum over the weekend.
"My printing plant in L.A. printed an information pamphlet not too long ago. It had 18 languages on it," said Gaynor, who owns a printing business that creates pamphlets for California elections, according to the Republic.
"I would be the first to say it should be ... ballots, information pamphlets, all the material in our country, should be in English, he said.
Video of the event, including Gaynors comments, was posted on Facebook by the right-wing group Patriot Movement AZ.
The landmark Voting Rights Act requires that some districts provide election materials in other languages for minority language citizen groups.
The Republic reported that 10 of Arizonas 15 countries are required to provide materials in languages other than English, and that about 900,000 Arizonans are eligible to receive such a ballot.
Secretaries of state, like those in the position for which Gaynor is running, oversee state elections.
Gaynor told the newspaper in a follow-up interview that he favors Native Americans in the state being allowed to vote in "their native language" because their land is sovereign.
He said that the counties should be able to decide if they want to print materials in Spanish.
"I think it should be up to the states to decide what they want to do with regard to their voting materials," Gaynor told the Republic. "But I think the faster any immigrant learns English, the quicker they assimilate into American society."
His campaign manager said Gaynor would comply with federal election law if he were elected as secretary of state, the newspaper reported.
Gaynor, who has described himself as "100 percent pro-Trump, said during the candidate forum on Saturday that he wants lawmakers to repeal the election law.
"We need to do one thing to solve this problem, have 60 Republican senators who have the guts to vote the way they need to vote," he said, according to the newspaper.
We voted that way years ago and it never happened.
If you cant read English then you dont know enough to vote in the United States.
BTW, this is one area where Mexico is way ahead of the US. Every ballot there is printed in Spanish.
The Pew Hispanic Center found that about 48 percent of Hispanic voters backed a proposition that designated English as Arizonas official language, while 41 percent voted to re-elect Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who made illegal immigration a central campaign issue.
Of course, the judges said no after it passed.
Same thing with prop 187 in CA back in the 90s. It won big, would have put an end to tax paid public services for illegal criminals, but the fed and their CA state co-conspirators burned the ballots and declared CA free victorious election, illegal!
The results of this heavy handed government intrusion can now be seen in every state in the country.
I don’t see the controversy!!
Move to France, become a Citizen (or not) and demand that Government issued materials be printed in not only English, but every other Language under the Sun.
I am of the opinion that a constitutional amendment that establishes American English as the official language for all laws, treaties, court cases and administration of the Federal government, is long past due. The government should be allowed to produce translations where necessary, however the final language of record should any conflict in meaning, translation or interpretation should be based exclusively on the English.
Qualifications for US citizenship require the ability to understand English. Therss no need to provide election materials in any other language.
I have seen election posters in Spanish in LA.
Obviously targeting illegal votes.
Voter ID would reduce the Democrats to a fraction of their size, and might return California to American control again.
Unfortunately, many don't want to become Americans, just live like them.
He is right!
Hope he gets elected!
Well heck, still more common sense popping up in flyover country!
A person can’t meaningfully participate in the public policy arena if they can’t understand the language.
43 years ago NYC was forced to produce billingual ballots in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn. The problem was...Puerto Ricans. They were American citizens, living in the US and spoke only Spanish.
Just another example of our government at work.
The “Comprehensive Immigration” talking points spouted by Marco Rubio and others call for learning English, paying fines and taxes, etc., as part of the “Path to Citizenship.”
Multilingual ballots are thereby superfluous. Something doesn’t compute.
The Republic reported that 10 of Arizonas 15 countries are
required to provide materials in languages other than English,
Senator McCain really has been a force in the State of Arizona.
...10 of Arizonas 15 countries.....
Citizenship is required for voting.
English is required for citizenship.
No need for ballots in other languages.
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