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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

When voters go to the polls on Nov. 5. they’ll face large ballots printed in tiny 6-point type. One reason: a requirement that ballots be printed in six languages, including Bengali. This is multicultural madness.

Queens residents speak and read more than 80 languages. Must our ballots include all of them? What’s next? Icelandic, Urdu, Farsi, Pashtu and Swahili? Let’s end this nonsense.

We need just one language for voting — English. Only U.S. citizens are permitted to vote, according to the Constitution. Most natural-born citizens learn English as soon as they start talking. They absorb it from family, friends and later in school. Immigrants must display English language proficiency to become naturalized citizens. People who don’t speak or read English are most likely not U.S. citizens.

Multiculturalism is a euphemism for “I refuse to learn English.” If you feel that way, you forfeit your right to vote.

Richard Reif
Flushing

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