Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:31 PM
wellstone dem (4,460 posts)
Listening to a group of new voters talk about the Presidential election in a different language
Our community has a number of new Americans who have now been here long enough to get Citizenship. Many are voting for the first time. Their community organized a forum for new voters today, and invited many candidates to talk. I was there to look up voting places for people who needed that information (not many did. They were pumped to vote.)
The most interesting presentation was listening to one woman speak. Although most of the people at the forum spoke English, sometimes they used their native language because it was easier and faster for them. Sometimes there was an English translation, sometimes not. This time there was no English translation. The following are the words I understood:
"Mitt Romney" "Obama" "1 %" "99 %" "47%"
These new voters may be "English as a Second Language" speakers, but they are clearly high information voters.
That was it. Some of the above were said several times.
There were more than 250 people in that room. They were there for 2 and one-half hours listening to presentations and asking questions. It was amazing.
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