PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman is introducing legislation to repeal portions of the 1973 Voting Rights Act so that county clerks are only required to provide ballots and other election materials in English.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, Coffman says proficiency in English is already a requirement for U.S. citizenship and forcing cash-strapped local governments to provide ballots in a language other than English makes no sense.

Clerks in 16 Colorado counties are awaiting a Justice Department decision as to whether they must begin printing dual-language ballots this year and they say the additional cost will be significant.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. Linda A. Young says:

    FINALLY, someone with some gumption that will stand up for the United States of America. After all folks, ENGLISH is our primary language!!! If they can’t speak English, they have no business voting!

  2. A.G.Trespass says:

    Semper Fi Major!

    You have to speak English to be a citizen.. You can`t vote unless you are .

    Except in Denver where mail in ballots are ripe with fraud as well as the “Utility” bill as proof of residency. Obama ain`t goona` sign it ..But it needed to be said.

  3. Janice says:

    All Right Mike!!! EVERYTHING should be in English- No more press one for English!

  4. Wendy says:

    Totally Agree – tired of everything being dual language – they are here to better themselves, must be a citizen to vote – must be able to speak english to be a citizen….

  5. Chad Ochman says:

    Bravo sir!
    I have been waiting for a politician to say what I am thinking. I couldn’t agree more with Janice!

  6. Greg says:

    It’s about time somebody in this country stood up for americans!! Thank You Mike

  7. G. Gruno says:

    It’s about time. If this fails someone should contact the ACLU. The constitution gaurantees equal protection. If the government pays to print in spanish then it should be required to print it in every language and every dialect of any citizen in the country. Perhaps then people would see the idiocy of printing bilingual forms.

    1. yvonne says:

      right on!! Every laguage or they are discriminating aginst everyone from another country other than Mexico. Better yet, just English only, live in a country learn that country’s ways!

  8. Tami says:

    Way to go Mike!!!! You have my vote and it looks like several others. As most have said, it is about time someone spoke out. Makes me proud to be an American again, finally.

  9. RL Carlson says:

    Everything should be English only. To be a citizen you must know English.

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