Lawmaker Wants NYC Voter Registration Materials in Yiddish

BROOKLYN -

A Brooklyn lawmaker wants New York City to translate all voter registration material in Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods into the local lingo.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said that he recently received voter registration forms in the mail translated into dozens of languages but not in Yiddish. He is urging the NYC Board of Elections to translate the forms into Yiddish.

“There are voter registrations forms in Bengali, why not Yiddish?” said Hikind, a Democrat. “Everyone talks about how important it is to register to vote. There are thousands of Yiddish-speakers in my district and New York State.”

Several neighborhoods in Brooklyn, such as Boro Park, Williamsburg and Crown Heights, have tens of thousands of voters for whom Yiddish is their native tongue.

In a letter to the city agency, Hikind noted that there are dozens of newspapers and magazines published in Yiddish, “attesting to the vibrancy and everyday usage of the language.”