an information pamphlet on registering to vote and a mail in voter registration card. Both were completely written in Spanish, and yes call me a bigoted, but that pissed me off. Why the “F” are we allowing people to register to vote if they can't speak the language of our country. I know this is not anything new but I just hadn't been reminded of it in a while.
Then it started me thinking. There are only two ways someone would be eligible to vote and only speak Spanish and both are wholly unacceptable to me. First would be someone born here who never learned to speak English; the second would be someone who immigrated here and then became a citizen.
I also remember a story about weather or not to translate the candidates names into Chinese characters instead of listing them in English.
So I decided to do a little research about what would be required of me if I were to try and become a citizen of another country and didn't speak the language.
Canada – You need to speak either English or French, the two official languages of the country.
Mexico – I couldn't find a government link but according to this article, speaking Spanish is required to become a Mexican citizen, along with legally living in the country for five years.
Brazil – must speak and write Portuguese to become a citizen. (Hell the page was only in Portuguese and I had to feed it through a translator just to find out.)
Germany – (included for raj) you must speak and write German to become a citizen.
I know this is only a short sampling of countries. (I also tried to figure it out for France but got lost in all of the requirements based on blood rights and what not).
My point is, none of these other countries seem to lower their standards to the point of allowing people who can't speak the language in. Yet we don't only allow them in but allow them to register to vote, cast their votes and become citizens without learning our language. Does that seem wrong to anyone else?
Cross posted at RMG.