Voting Materials Ballots in Bengali Available In Time for 2013 Elections

On Tuesday, the NYC BOE announced that 60 Queens  pollsites will have election materials in Bengali. And should the use of lever machines be authorized, the ballot strips will also be printed in Bengali.

Following the 2010 census, the USDOJ determined that certain Queens nabes qualified under Section 203/VRA for language assistance.

This move by the BOE proves the VRA was not gutted as civil rights “Pollyannas” have claimed since SCOTUS invalidated Section 4’s pre-clearance formula (which didn’t cover Queens). Section 203 (covering language rights) and other voting rights protections embedded in the VRA remain in place.

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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