Analysis: Diversity - Somali Voter Fraud

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The Huffington Post posted an article about voter fraud really focused on Somali voters that I found very interesting. It lead be to the original story posted by Human Events about the situation.

The article cited Human Events for information about groups of Somalia voters who could not speak English arriving by the "van-load" at an Ohio polling place during the election and being subjected to voting with only democratic interpreters present. It was later discovered that there were republican interpreters present as well. The Human Events story criticized the right of non-English speaking people to vote.

"The logical follow-up question is whether a non-English speaking person is an American citizen," The article read.

I grew up in an area with quite a few Somali immigrants and Minnesota currently has the largest population of Somalis in North America. What really drew me to this cultural group are the stereotypes that this culture gets stuck with so often. Receiving driver licenses fraudulently is one of the most common stereotypes given to the Somali community. This Human Events story really perpetuated these stereotypes in this article. It cited almost all of its information from anonymous citizens at the polls who witnessed this activity. This really hinders the credibility of the reports, and as seen in the article, some of these reports ended up being incorrect. The claimed there were only democratic interpreters encouraging them to vote for Obama, but late found out that was not true.

The article continued to attempt to tear down the legitimacy of the Somali community's right to vote by citing information from Somali Community Association of Ohio's web site. According to Human Events, "over 45,000 Somalis live in Ohio. Only 40 percent have become citizens of the United States, and only 25 percent speak English well enough to get a job." First off, more than 45,000 Somalis live in Ohio, not over 45,000. Second, the information on the ability to speak English well is irrelevant to a citizenship status. It is a not a requirement to be able to speak English to be allowed to vote and the Huffington Post article mentioned only very basic English is needed to become a naturalized citizen. This really just was included to try and lesser the worth of the Somali vote.

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