Yesterday we received the sample ballot for the April 2 Glendale Municipal Election. Is our household the only one puzzled by ballot being in English and Armenian exclusively?
First, let's make clear that in our opinion one should understand the language of the land before voting. One has to be a citizen to vote, and to become a citizen, one needs to pass an English comprehension exam. If one cannot understand the candidates' positions and the issues discussed in English, the language of the land, where is the informed vote?
We're guessing the rationale is that we don't want to discriminate against non-English speakers. However, are there so many more Armenian speakers than Spanish speakers? Or Korean? Farsi? Tagalog?
I'd love to see the demographic breakdown that justifies this decision.