Election papers to be translated into Russian

Gov. David Paterson signed a bill Wednesday requiring voting materials be translated into Russian, eliminating the language barrier for many Brooklyn residents.

Under the Federal Voting Rights Act, New York already provided election literature in Korean, Chinese and Spanish. Many Russian-Americans say they felt left out of the process and believe it is an historic change.

Paterson says more than 200,000 people who reside in New York City speak Russian at home, including about 11 percent of Brooklyn residents.

The bill was pushed through state government by state Sen. Carl Kruger (D-27th District).

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."