Ballots in Spanish set off debate
It's difficult to miss the fact that the Hispanic population has grown dramatically in Marion and surrounding counties.
Based on the 2000 Census, Hispanics make up 17.1 percent of Marion County's population. In Polk County, that figure is 8.8 percent. By contrast, Hispanics are 4.4 percent of the population in Linn County.
Yet officials there have made history by becoming the first county in Oregon to make Spanish-language ballots available to its Hispanic community.
What does Hispanic have to do with anything? My wife is Hispanic and her ballot didn't need to be in English. Oh I get it, by saying "Hispanic" the paper doesn't have to say "illegal aliens who don't care to learn English."
Funny thing, requirement number two (or dos) to register to vote says this:
You are a United States citizen.
And a requirement to become a US citizen says this:
You will need to take a test which demonstrates that you can speak and write in English.
This items is actually listed under the "disadvantages of becoming a US citizen" heading:
you must pass basic English and U.S. government/history tests, which require study and preparation
So if we put those two requirements together, be a citizen to vote/speak English to be a citizen, then whey do we need this:
THE SPANISH BALLOT