Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bill would translate NYC ballots to Russian --

Bill would translate NYC ballots to Russian --

ALBANY, N.Y. - Hundreds of thousands of Russian immigrants in New York City may soon get help in voting, under a bill passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

Republicans accused Democratic sponsors of the bill of trying to drum up Democratic votes in the city, which is seeing a rise in Russian-speaking immigrants.

But Democrats say the measure to provide voting materials, instructions, and voter registration in Russian _ the first new language added in years _ is needed to assure more immigrant citizens are assisted in voting.

The Senate passed the bill with bipartisan support and it's headed to the Democrat-led Assembly, where it has some powerful sponsors.

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