by Brigid Bergin, WNYC in News on Feb 22, 2019 4:53 pm (Jenn Hsu / Gothamist / WNYC) With a citywide special election just days away, the New York City Board of Elections is suing the city to prevent language translators hired by the de Blasio administration from entering poll sites to assist voters. Under federal law, the Board is required to provide translation services for voters in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali. But de Blasio administration officials say that doesn’t go far enough. The city hired additional translators for Russian, Haitian Creole, Yiddish and Polish speakers at 48 poll sites in Brooklyn and Queens, but the Board argues these additional translators must remain more than 100 feet away from poll site entrances because these individuals were not trained or vetted by the agency. “What the Board of Elections is saying is, ‘No, the translators have to stay outside in the cold and the only way they can help people is if they are not allowed inside the doors of the polling place,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his weekly appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday. “That is the ultimate Catch-22, that means the… Read full this story
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