Texas lawmakers discuss multilingual mail-in ballots; Locals react

Texas lawmakers discuss multilingual mail-in ballots; Locals react

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 8:41am

UPDATED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 9:35am

Voters already have a chance to vote in their native tongue when they cast their walk-in ballot, but Rep. Gary Elkins, a Republican from Austin, is authoring a bill that would make that an option through mail-in ballots.

We spoke to one El Pasoan who is in favor of this idea, "There's a lot of voters in El Paso that just don't speak English, but hardly speak any English at all and that would be very helpful to them," Raul Armagnac, an East El Pasoan told us.

House Bill 986 would allow voters to apply for a mail-in ballot to appear in a language other than English.

Even though he's not an active voter, Jesus Almanca also supports the idea, "it'll be good for that," Almanca said.

This tool may be good for the almost 70-percent of Spanish speakers in the Sun City, but some feel it may not prompt more Borderland residents to exercise their fight to vote.

"They already have the walk-in ballots; those are English and Spanish and that hasn't really helped increase the number of voter turnout," Armaganc said.

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