Green Party of Washington demands correction of Spanish mistranslations in official voting instructions

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Green Party of Washington State
https://greenpartywashington.org

For immediate release
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Contact:
Tim White, 360-378-5196, timwhite@rockisland.com

The Green Party of Washington State demands immediate correction of Spanish mistranslations in the state’s voting instructions

• Misleading Spanish pamphlets issued by Sec. of State Wyman will deter many Latino voters from voting on Nov. 8, say Greens

• Suppression of votes because of mistranslation violates the Voting Rights Act

The Green Party of Washington State is calling for immediate action to correct mistranslated voting instructions that may deter thousands of Latino voters in the state from voting in the Nov. 8 general election.

Greens said that the official General Election Washington State Voters’ Pamphlets sent out by Secretary of State Kim Wyman include confusing, incorrect, intimidating, and illegal mistranslation of the voting requirements in Washington.

“The Spanish mistranslation is certain to disenfranchise uncounted thousands of fully qualified Washington voters who may be frightened into not voting because of a low-level driving offense or other minor misdemeanor conviction,” said Tim White, member of the Green Party of San Juan County and 10-year election integrity activist who won the statewide court ban on uncertified voting systems.

“Washington Greens — with support from the Green Party of the United States — are demanding immediate steps to correct the errors,” said Tim White.

All 29 of the English editions prominently display correct voting requirements, including: “not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington State felony conviction.”

All three Spanish Editions prominently display incorrect voting requirements: “no estar bajo la supervisión del Departamento Correccional a causa de una condena por un delito del estado de Washington”

The literal translation of the Spanish text is “not under the supervision of the Department of Corrections by reason of conviction for an offense in the state of Washington”

Washington’s long-standing legal translation of “felony” in Spanish is “delito grave.” The lesser offense of “misdemeanor” is rendered as “delito menor.”

By itself, “delito” can be variously translated as “sin,” “offense,” or “crime.”

Following the lead of Wyman’s predecessor, Sam Reed, the Office of Secretary of State has been “reaching out” to the Latino community for years by issuing special, “extra” Spanish-only election materials rife with errors, omissions, inconsistencies, and faulty translations that suppress the burgeoning Latino vote.

2016 has seen unprecedented Latino registrations. Whether Washington’s new registrants will follow through and vote depends on whether they view one of Wyman’s official Spanish Voters’ Pamphlet, issued this year in three editions: Franklin County, joint Adams-Yakima Counties, and a statewide version.

“The mistranslation amounts to an anti-Latino voter suppression scheme. It’s not just a dirty trick, it’s a federal offense, because Yakima, Adams and Franklin Counties are the three Washington counties currently required under Section 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act to provide all election materials in Spanish as well as English,” said Jody Grage of the Green Party of Washington State Coordinating Council.

The Green Party is demanding the following emergency measures to minimize the state’s disenfranchisement of the Latino electorate:

• A public apology from Secretary of State Kim Wyman to the state’s Hispanic citizenry.

• Recall and destruction of the illegal pamphlets.

• Correction of the online versions on the Secretary of State’s website.

• Review of all Spanish language web pages on the Secretary of State’s website and “MyVote” system.

• Identical review of Chinese and Vietnamese election materials issued for King County (Seattle), which is covered for those languages under the Voting Rights Act.

• Review of all “optional” and “outreach” election materials issued in additional languages.

• State-wide multilingual television, radio, newspaper and internet campaign to inform voters of the false information, and the correct requirements for voting.

The links below display fully documented side-by-side comparisons of English and Spanish editions. The Spanish mistranslation below is pasted from page 4 of the official 2016 General Election Voters Pamphlet, Edition 32: Statewide (Spanish). The identical false information is prominently printed on the same page 4 of the Spanish Edition Voters’ Pamphlets for VRA-covered jurisdictions:

Edition 1 (Spanish): Adams, Yakima
https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/research/ED%2001%20(Spanish)%20-%20Adams,%20Yakima.pdf

Edition 1 (English): Adams, Yakima
https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/research/ED%2001%20(English)%20-%20Adams%2c%20Yakima.pdf

Endorsed Ballot Measures

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The Green Party of Washington has endorsed 5 statewide measures that will appear on the November ballot.

We endorse a YES vote on the following:

Initiative 735 – This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment stating that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.

Initiative 1433 – This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.

Initiative 1464 – This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.

Initiative 1491 – This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Initiative 1501 – This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

What an exciting time to be part of the Green Party!

We have been growing rapidly and are continuing to ramp up our infrastructure to do the important and necessary work that must be done this year and in 2017 and beyond!

And we now have gifts for all new and renewing members to encourage you to grow the Green Party and spread the word about our great candidates

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka!


If you join or renew your membership with the Green Party of Washington State, we are offering to send you one of three options:

1. An 8.5″x11″ rally card/window poster with Jill 2016 on one side and the GPWA logo on the other:

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2. A Jill 2016 bumper sticker and a 4″x5″ GPWA decal with logo for your car, laptop, or lunchbox:

 

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Or 3. A GPWA embroidered patch with logo for your jacket, hat, tote bag, etc:

 

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If you would like one of these gifts, be sure to join or renew your membership with the Green Party of Washington,

AND then contact us at hello@greenpartywashington.org to let us know:

1) the date you joined or renewed,
2) which gift you choose, and
3) your current postal address,

and we’ll mail your choice of gifts right off to you!

 

AND then share this page with your friends to encourage them to join or renew to get the same choice of gifts!

Be Seen Being Green!

Eric Miller for State Treasurer ~ preferred write-in candidate

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The Green Party of Washington State awards preferred candidate status to Eric Miller as a write-in candidate for Washington State Treasurer. Eric is challenging Republican contenders Duane Davidson and Michael Waite for this office.

Please visit his website http://writeinericmiller.com/ and Facebook page ‘Eric Miller for Washington State Treasurer’ at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MillerForOffice/ to learn more about Eric and to support his write-in campaign for State Treasurer!

Note that preferred candidate status is not a Green Party endorsement and may be granted to candidates from other political parties.

Also note that Eric Miller is endorsed as a write-in candidate by the Washington State Berniecrats. See www.WashingtonBerniecrats.org for more information.

Tyler Vega for Congress ~ Green Party write-in candidate in District 2

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The Green Party of Washington State proudly endorses Green Party candidate Tyler Myles Vega as a write-in candidate for US House of Representatives in Congressional District 2. Tyler is challenging Democratic incumbent Rick Larsen and Republican contender Mark Hennemann for this Congressional seat.

Please visit his website at https://putvegainthehouse.nationbuilder.com/ and Facebook page ‘Tyler Vega for Congress’ at https://www.facebook.com/vegainthehouse/ to learn more about Tyler and to support his write-in campaign for US Congress!

Tyler Myles Vega is also endorsed as a write-in candidate by the Washington State Berniecrats. See www.WashingtonBerniecrats.org for more information.

Jill Stein is NOT Anti-Vaccine

A Green Party candidate receiving widespread media attention is a new concept and takes some getting used to. With all of the attention also comes the rhetoric that attempts to twist statements made by the candidate into something false. This past week, there have been many articles that have across asserted that Jill Stein is opposed to vaccinations. When asked about her stance, Jill Stein has always clearly said that she supports vaccines. She stated in an interview with the Washington Post “I think there’s no question that vaccines have been absolutely critical in ridding us of the scourge of many diseases — smallpox, polio, etc. So vaccines are an invaluable medication.”

However, some have taken Stein’s concerns about corporate influence within the FDA and CDC as pandering to the anti-vaccine crowd. Stein’s views about corporate influence in government are consistent with her positions, and this is no exception. When she answers questions about vaccinations, her stance that vaccines are essential to healthcare is so clear that it is strange that some would interpret her concerns about the industry’s influence in politics as anti-vaccine. This however, has been the case. One example is a Slate article that said Stein “watered down” her statement because she made a minor change in the wording of a tweet five minutes after it was posted.

On the other hand, the rumor debunking website Snopes calls claims that Stein is against vaccination are false. Stein has taken to Twitter over the past four days to set the record straight. Here are her tweets on the subject:

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By R. Jones

Response to Dan Savage on Jill Stein

Recently, Ansel Herz posted an entry to the Stranger Slog titled Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No. The post was mostly a transcript from a call-in segment of the May 24, 2016 episode of Savage Lovecast. Dan Savage is reiterating frustrations felt by a large number of Americans concerning the Green Party. There is serious worry that the Green candidate will be a spoiler, in essence handing the election to Donald Trump. Whatever Hillary Clinton may be, she is a known political entity that will likely influence the country in a political trajectory somewhere between Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Obama himself implied this when he famously said in reference to Clinton “I don’t want Bush-Cheney lite” in speech on July 26th, 2007. Donald Trump is an egotistical autocrat that would likely spend his administration disassembling any public programs and institutions of democracy that he noticed were vulnerable. There is a difference between these two candidates.

There is also a difference between voting in a swing state and voting in a safe state like Washington. The Democratic Party has been winning Washington by larger margins despite the continued presence of minor party candidates. In Washington and other safe states, polling ahead of the election will let voters know that casting a ballot for Jill Stein won’t change how their state’s electoral votes are allocated. Each citizen’s right to determine and cast their own vote has to be the bedrock of any democracy. The Democratic Party’s concern that the Green Party divides the progressive vote is no more legitimate than our claim that they fail to earn it. Providing voters with more options means they are free to vote based on their values rather than their fears.

Having a candidate like Jill Stein in the race puts pressure on the other candidates to address the issues that her campaign brings to prominence. Hillary Clinton’s talking points and positions were certainly influenced by Bernie Sanders’s presence in primary. Now it is important for Jill Stein to make sure these issues continue to receive attention in the general election.
Minor party and independent candidates struggle to get the news coverage that they deserve. The dominance of the two party duopoly permeates into the realm of media. By running a presidential candidate, the Green Party has more opportunities for media appearances and can get its message out to a broader audience. That coverage ranges from the positive, such as Jill Stein’s interview in Real Change last year, to the negative, such as profanity-laden dismissals. This publicity strengthens the party and will allow it to run stronger state and local candidates in future races.

As disaffected Democrats and Republicans crowd into Green Party meetings, they are encouraged to choose how much they want to work on local and national campaigns. Those that do choose to work on the presidential campaign are encouraged to focus on opening the debate process and outreach to unregistered communities, as opposed to flipping Democrats. At the same time, Greens are critical of the Democratic platform and encourage reforms that would make their party more open to grassroots participation. The Green Party supports campaign finance reform and proportional representation, which would level the playing field for minor parties, and instant runoff voting (also known as IRV or ranked choice voting), which would completely eliminate the spoiler effect. These policies could become law with the support of Democrats and Republicans.

Those who are interested in running for office with the support of the Green Party in 2017 and beyond are encouraged to email us at info@greenpartyseattle.org. Let’s all take this election seriously while at the same time realizing there are legitimate reasons for disagreement. Above all, remember to turn in your primary ballots by August 2nd and your general election ballots by November 8th!

 

Authored by Ethan Rourke and R. Jones.

Green Party on Washington State Ballot 2016

On Friday, July 8, the Board of Elections verified the Green Party of Washington’s petition to secure ballot lines for its candidates for the November general election. The party filed 1385 signatures to cover the 1000-signature threshold necessary for the party to be placed on the ballot.

Jill Stein, presumptive Presidential nominee of the Green Party, said: “I am so grateful to the volunteer petitioners and to everyone who took the time to sign our petition. This is what democracy looks like.”

Link to Jill2016 site