Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ethnic Politics

Ethnic Politics
“Once we printed Chinese upside-down and nobody knew it. That was embarrassing!” (Opens City Mag) When New Yorkers go to the polls today, many will find their ballots in English, Spanish, Chinese (as of 1993), Korean (as of 2001), and, as of last September’s primaries, Bengali. The way here has been bumpy and paved with delays and lawsuits. Just last month, the New York City Board of Elections was criticized for the hard-to-read, 6-point font that voters will see on ballots today – something the board claims was necessary to accommodate the number of languages.

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