Ques­tions vot­ing pro­ce­dures

The News-Times - - OPINION -

While vot­ing in our midterm elec­tion where I live, I wasn’t at all sat­is­fied that our present sys­tem guar­an­tees that only Amer­i­can cit­i­zens can vote.

I was able to vote based upon pre­sent­ing my name, or an ad­dress or my sig­na­ture. Any one of three. Upon ques­tion­ing the per­son in charge act­ing as Reg­is­trar, she tried to as­sure me that town records would com­pletely iden­tify any in­di­vid­ual to as­cer­tain their le­git­i­macy as a voter. By the end of vot­ing hours when their votes were al­ready cast? Hardly.

Iron­i­cally, I learned that many peo­ple deal­ing with vot­ing pro­ce­dures were not aware that the re­quire­ments of cit­i­zen­ship in­cluded be­ing able to read, write and speak English.

In this re­gard, es­pe­cially our banks, they are not do­ing cit­i­zens a fa­vor by post­ing ad­ver­tise­ments in Span­ish. At times I won­der if I’m in Mex­ico City or Amer­ica. Let’s go with our na­tional lan­guage and let our Latino neigh­bors learn to speak, read and write English.

Richard Zeitler Brook­field

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