NEW YORK – Aswini Anburajan, FI2W reporter
Throughout New York City there have been reports that voters have been asked to show identification, in violation of New York election law.
Laura Matthews, a second year law student at the City University of New York, said that voters in Jackson Heights were asked to show ID and were told it was because of the difficulty of understanding their names.
Matthews said the other main problem in immigrant neighborhoods was the lack of interpreters, and that voters for whom English is a second language felt pressured at the polls to try and get through the materials quickly.
Unlike in Harlem, however, poll watchers are thronging the election sites checking to see that voters’ rights weren’t violated.
Students like Laura are volunteering through the Asian American Legal Defense Fund.