On Chinese language ballots


An editorial in The New York Times on January 1, 2001 pointed out that at six voting sites in

Flushing, Queens, New York City, in Chinese language ballots, "Democratic" was incorrectly translated as "Republicans" and "Republicans" as "Democratic" for state races, and in Lower Manhattan, the English instruction for selecting State Supreme court justices "Vote for any "THREE" was wrongly translated in Chinese as "Vote for any FIVE." It also pointed out that in school board elections in Chinatown in 1996, bilingual ballots, as required by the federal 1992 Voting Right Act was run out in some precincts at 8 a.m. It is suggested that "a more vigilant process for ensuring that their [Asian Americans] votes are fairly counted is long overdue."