Candidate Removed from Ballot over English Rule

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Yuma, AZ (AP) - A judge has ruled that a city council candidate in Arizona must be removed from the ballot due to lack of English proficiency.

The ruling came after the San Luis City Council approved a motion Jan. 13 asking for verification that Alejandrina Cabrera meets the requirement of a state law that any person holding office in the state, a county or city must speak, write and read English.

The Yuma Sun reported the removal stemmed from a Dec. 14 complaint made by former mayor Guillermina Fuentes that Cabrera isn't fluent in English.

Fuentes claimed she has acted as an interpreter for Cabrera.

Yuma County Superior Judge John Nelson ordered Cabrera's name stricken from the March ballot after Wednesday night's court hearing.

Cabrera's lawyers say they're considering an appeal.


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  • by SNA on Jan 30, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Right or wrong, the law is clear in Arizona. You all do understand that there is no official language of the USA, right? Most people do indeed speak some form of English.
  • by mc on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Do you think if we moved to another country and couldn't speak the language there that we would be allowed to be in public office?
  • by CJ Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:03 AM
    If they can't speak English they should not be allowed to stay in the country. They're costing the taxpayers a fortune.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jan 27, 2012 at 02:41 AM
    If someone can't speak and understand English in this nation he or she should not be allowed to represent people who do. They are supposedly elected to represent the people of their district, and if they can neither understand them nor communicate plainly with them they certainly can't do that.
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      by anon on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:27 AM in reply to Georgia Boy
      the issue is not that she cannot understand her constituents - the overwhelming majority of which speak spanish at home. the issue is that she cannot communicate with other representatives.
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        by Gerry on Jan 28, 2012 at 05:44 AM in reply to anon
        I believe you are correct.
  • by Prejudiced? on Jan 27, 2012 at 01:12 AM
    Lorie - don't forget this country was founded by and for white males so no black, indian or mexican should be able to serve in government anyway - right? Ha ha ha aha - wait a minute - that sounds a little racist I think.....
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:36 AM in reply to Prejudiced?
      What does "white males" have to do with the requirement to speak "English"?? you sound racist...her point being was this is a "English" speaking country...if you can't speak it then you can't properly communicate and politics is one place that communication is already screwed up enough by people who can speak english. Go to any other non-english speaking country and see how far you get. Your entire post was racist and only proved why racism is still alive in America today because you can't let it go! Your entire mind set is based on racism.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 12:08 AM in reply to Prejudiced?
      An inaccurate statement. "This country was founded by white males?" There were people already here and they were not white. Reverse racism is just as ugly Prejudiced.
  • by lorie Location: georgia on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:31 PM
    hahahaha i think thats funny and its only right this is an english speaking country no if they cant speak fluent english then no they should not be allowed in office !!!!!!!
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