Kudos to a Brooklyn judge for rejecting an idiotic lawsuit brought by the city’s Board of Elections trying to bar the City Council and mayor from funding poll-site translators for American citizens who don’t speak English well.
The board retains translators for Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali. But Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune, who has the silly title of chief democracy officer, correctly note that there are 11 other tongues used by large number of voters.
Citizens who speak Albanian, Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Greek, Polish, Russian, Tagalog, Urdu and Yiddish don’t exist to the hyper-partisan BOE. So the city hired its own translators.
The board then tried to block the language aides from poll sites, insisting they stay at least 101 feet away. When the city scoffed at that foolishness, the board sued, retaining two pricey law firms at public expense, one for Democrats and one for Republicans.
Brooklyn state Supreme Court Justice Edgar Walker would have none of it, dismissing the claims that more translators violate the state Constitution and state law. We only wish that, when he threw the board’s attorneys and their dopey case out on the street, he had made them stand 101 feet away from the court.