Arizona really does not like Latinos. From the passing of SB 1070 – better known as the “show me your papers bill” to racial profiling, to making English the official language, the state looks like a racist hellhole from outsiders.
And they very well could be.
With a close Presidential election coming up, alongside a very close Senate race, every vote matters, and the Maricopa County Recorders Office knows this. That’s why it really should not come to any surprise that they misprinted the actual election date on official election material that went out to Spanish-speaking voters.
According to ABC News, “The document, which was attached to updated voterregistration cards that were requested in person, lists the general election date as Nov. 8 in Spanish. An English translation on the document lists the correct date, Nov. 6.”
Apparently you have to speak English in order to know when the election is.
The article says that less than 50 documents were sent out with the incorrect information, and that the problem has since been fixed. But as we know, in close elections, every single vote, and every single voter, matters.
The United States has a long history of close elections. In 1984, for instance, the eighth congressional district of Indiana came down to a mere four votes. Four votes, less than half of a percentage point of the over 200,000 ballots that were cast, decided who was victorious and who wasn’t that year. In another instance, in 2008 just one, yes just one, vote decided who would be the Representative from Alaska’s seventh district. Twenty one votes decided the 1994 Congressional election, in Connecticut’s second.
And just this year, let’s not forget that former Senator Rick Santorum very narrowly beat former Governor
Romney in the Iowa Republican caucus by just 34 votes, or just over two percent of those who voted.
Every vote matters, and the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office has some explaining to do. Especially to the 50 or so voters who received the wrong information. Likely Spanish-speakers, likely voting blue this election, the office should, at the very least, check and double check for mistakes like this.
And I get it, Spanish is a tough language, I do not understand it, aside from various curse words, but I do know the difference between a six and an eight. They have Spanish speaking translators working for the County Recorders office, on the tax payers dime, for this very reason, and even if known were not available, Google translator would not have made a mistake like this.
It’s obvious that the Maricopa County recorders office is attempting to stop the Latino vote, by confusing them, and sending them to the polls on the wrong day, calling it an “honest mistake” and it’s a huge one, because while they do this, votes are already be cast, and we know from years past that this election, every vote, and I mean, every vote, will matter.
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