Congressman Dean Heller has re-introduced the American Elections Act in the 111th Congress. The bill, H.R. 764, would modify existing law and reduce the entitlement to multilingual ballots, limiting ballot translations to English, Native American languages and Alaskan Native dialects. H.R. 764 is similar legislation to H.R. 5971 in the 110th Congress, a bill which had more than 50 co-sponsors.
Eight representatives have already signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 764: Rep. Brian Bilbray (CA), Rep. John Boozman (AR), Rep. Dan Burton (IN), Rep. Howard Coble (NC), Rep. Walter Jones (NC), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA), Rep. Gary Miller (CA) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY). To view the current list of co-sponsors, click here
According to a 2007 poll, nearly three-quarters of all Americans support eliminating ballots and election materials in languages other than English, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.