A candidate running to be Arizona’s next secretary of state said during a Republican forum in Wickenburg that election ballots should be printed in English only.
Candidate Steve Gaynor stated: “My printing plant in L.A. printed an information pamphlet not too long ago. It had 18 languages on it. I would be the first to say it should be – ballots, information pamphlets, all the material in our country – should be in English.”
Based on U.S. Census data demographics, 10 of Arizona’s 15 counties must provide voting materials in languages other than English, according to an Arizona Republic report. About 900,000 Arizona voters would be eligible to receive translated ballots.
Gaynor remarked that counties should be able to decide if they want to print materials in Spanish, and he further added that learning English would help immigrants “assimilate into American society.”