Advertisements
Elections, New York, Only In The Haitian Times

Brooklyn judge rules in favor of more language services at poll sites

By Naeisha Rose

The public advocate race has come to a close, but while most were focused on the growing cast of candidates, behind the scenes there was a lawsuit against the city’s Board of Elections leading up to the Feb. 26 election.

On Feb. 22, days before the election, lawyers for the Board of Election filed an injunction to keep interpreters for Haitian Creole, Yiddish, Russian and Polish speakers 100 feet from poll sites in order to keep an “orderly” atmosphere.

The injunction managed to upset a lot of lawmakers like Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) who has been working tirelessly over the past few years to get more languages interpreted for the ever-growing immigrant population in New York.

“I am very disappointed in the actions of the New York City Board of Elections,” said Bichotte. “Instead of choosing inclusion, the Board has continued to allow language barriers to hinder democracy. The truth is that voting can feel like an impossible feat for people whose first language is not currently represented by the Board of Elections.”

TO READ FULL STORY

Sign in to your account. Haitian Times’ Subscription, Billed Monthly Haitian Times’ Subscription, Billed Yearly One month access
Naeisha Rose

Naeisha Rose

Naeisha Rose is a multimedia journalist and graduate of the Arts & Culture and Broadcast programs at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has experience working on independent short films, short documentaries, reality television shows, talk and web series as a Casting Associate, 1st AD and Production Assistant. She is a freelance writer with photography, voice over, social media, video production and video editing skills. She has worked as a General Assignment Reporter/Photojournalist for TimesLedger Newspapers, a Book Reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a Freelance Writer for LatinTrends Magazine.
Naeisha Rose
Advertisements
Apr. 08, 2019