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Rep. Coffman Says Cities Should Decide On Bilingual Ballots

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Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado

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.

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