Arizon woman's name will not appear on City Council ballot after Supreme Court decision

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An Arizona Supreme Court decided Tuesday an Arizona woman's name would not appear on the ballot for City Council because she was not proficient enough in the English language, according to CNN and the LA Times.

Alejandrina Cabrera of San Luis has been locked in a legal battle over her ability to hold a public office since Jan. 27 when her opponent, Jan Carlos Escamilla, the mayor of San Luis, filed a lawsuit asking a court to decide if Cabrera's skills in English qualified her to run for City Council, stated CNN.

Cabrera admits she is not extremely fluent in English, but said, "I think my English is good enough to hold public office in San Luis, Arizona," according to CNN.

In 1910 the Enabling Act was passed in Arizona, which included the provision that a person holding public office should have, "the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language sufficiently well to conduct the duties of the office without aid of an interpreter shall be a necessary qualification for all state officers and members of the state legislature."

This court decision may have larger implications, as the subject is part of a growing discussion about English in the US, where people come for a variety of backgrounds, according to CNN.

To some in San Luis, the suit over Cabrera's ability to run for office revolves around San Luis' "touch brand of politics," according to the LA Times. There have been 24 recall attempts of political parties since 2001. Seven of those attempts have been successful.

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