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.”
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