The San Francisco Examiner
by: Orson Aguilar
What do you think the reaction would be if someone tried to keep at least 2.1 million eligible California voters from exercising their democratic rights?
Chances are Californians would be outraged, just as citizens of Florida, Pennsylvania and other states are angry right now over efforts that seem meant to keep disenfranchised groups from participating in democracy. But right now, California excludes millions of citizens from a key part of our democratic system: ballot initiative petitions.
Fortunately, a simple bill now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature would fix this problem.
Californians speak more than 200 languages, but today our initiative petitions speak only one: English. That leaves millions of voters out of the process of qualifying propositions for the ballot.
More than 6 million voting-age Californians are “limited English-proficient.”