Rep. Coffman Says Cities Should Decide On Bilingual Ballots

DENVER (CBS4)- Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, said cities and counties should be the ones to decide if they will print ballots in languages other than English.

Coffman said the cost of printing ballots in English and Spanish can be more than some counties can afford. He said the decision should be made on a local level.

“It’s a costly mandate imposed by Washington, DC on local governments. The question I raise is not whether or not there ought to be dual language ballots, bilingual ballots, it’s a question of who makes the decision and I really think that decision needs to be made at the local level,” said Coffman.

The English only proposal is still in its draft stage.

“We’re going to work vehemently to make sure the congressional delegation understands why this is an important issue and why they should reject this proposal,” said Colorado Common Cause spokeswoman Elena Nunez.

  • MD

    No necesitamos español en una papeleta Colorado. Para comprender los problemas y tomar una decisión informada, debe ser capaz de leer y comprender el idioma Inglés.

  • sandy

    Why is he wasting our time and inflaming anger? This is a federal law. If he and others don’t like it, they can talk to Congress about overturning the 1973 election law.

  • Joe Chavez

    Hey Mike! I think you deserve credit for trying to reduce the cost of elections for Colorado’s counties. However, I think the best approach may be to allow the citizens themselves to decide whether they NEED a bilingual ballot when they register to vote. Republicans believe in individual choice verses group mandates. The individual’s choice to receive such a ballot would eliminate the negative politics for Republicans to appear anit-voter rights when they are not. It is highly important that all our voters understand clearly what they are voting on. Such an approach would help provide that understanding and choice but still reduce the cost to counties by greatly reducing the number of ballots needed in any election. It may also be a change that might actually have a chance to pass in the Congress verses a change that most likely has no chance of passing in the Congress. Think about it.

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