Election officials under fire after telling Spanish speakers the WRONG DATE to go to the polls
Officials in Phoenix have come under fire for listing the wrong election date on voter ID cards – but only in Spanish. The embarrassing blunder has led to suggestions that Hispanics in particular could be misled and discouraged from voting. The county which produced the error is home to ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ Joe Arpaio, who has been accused of racially profiling Latinos during a crackdown on illegal immigration. The mistake appears on officials documents issued by the Maricopa County Elections Department and handed out to voters in Phoenix and its suburbs, according to ABC15. Identification cards given to voters were accompanied by a piece of paper listing the dates of upcoming major elections. The presidential election date appears correctly in English as ‘November 6, 2012′, but the Spanish equivalent reads ’8 de Noviembre 2012′ – two days late. Charlotte Walker told ABC15 she had been given the incorrect document when she picked up her ID at a government office in Phoenix. ‘It could have a significant impact on the election outcome because they’d go to the polls on November 8th and they wouldn’t be open,’ she said. Maricopa County officials said they had made ‘an honest mistake’ and estimated that only around 50 voters were affected by the error.