Spanish-speaking voters given wrong election date

About 20,000 Spanish-speaking voters in Westchester recently received a mailer from the Westchester County Board of Elections with the wrong election date. Instead of providing the correct date of Tuesday,

News 12 Staff

Oct 31, 2008, 10:54 PM

Updated 5,653 days ago

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Spanish-speaking voters given wrong election date
About 20,000 Spanish-speaking voters in Westchester recently received a mailer from the Westchester County Board of Elections with the wrong election date.
Instead of providing the correct date of Tuesday, Nov. 4, representatives from the board of elections say the Spanish language mailers were sent to some 20,000 voters in Mamaroneck, Peekskill, Scarsdale, Cortlandt, and Mount Kisco were told to go to the polls on Nov. 9.
Lorraine Lopez, head of the Westchester Hispanic Republican party, says the error defeats the purpose of getting Hispanics in Westchester registered to vote.
?It?s pretty disheartening and disappointing after all the work that the board of elections has done to try to get Hispanics to register to vote and to encourage them to be part of the process,? Lopez said.
Representatives from the board of elections deny that the incorrect mailers were sent on purpose and blame the mistake on a typographical error by an out-of-state printer. They say they plan to call voters in these towns to correct their mistake and hire more Spanish-speaking workers.
Three years ago, the U.S. Justice Department sued the Westchester County Board of Elections on charges that the rights of Spanish-speaking voters had been violated.


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