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City Council Candidate Yanked Off Ballot Over English Proficiency

January 28, 2012
Judicial Watch

Liberals are crying racism in the aftermath of an Arizona judge’s ruling that a city council candidate be removed from the ballot because she doesn’t speak English proficiently enough to hold public office in the state.

The case comes from San Luis, a Mexican border town in southwestern Arizona with about 25,000 mostly Hispanic residents. U.S.-born Alejandrina Cabrera, who graduated from a public high school in Arizona, is running for a spot on the town’s council yet she barely speaks English. Her attorneys claim that forcing her off the ballot over the language barrier is a violation of her civil rights.

But since 1910, Arizona law has required “that ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language sufficiently well to conduct the duties of the office without the aid of an interpreter shall be a necessary qualification for all state officers. . . .” Additionally, a measure making English the official state language was approved by an overwhelming 74% of Arizona voters in 2007.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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