Glendale this year has limited the sample ballot that goes out to all voters to just English and Armenian. But critics say officials should have kept with the prior practice of including all four major languages spoken in the city to avoid disenfranchising voters.
For the past two elections, all ballots were translated into English, Armenian, Spanish and Korean. But with 22 people running in the races for city council, city treasurer, city clerk and school board, plus three measures, the size of the ballot this year made a four-language ballot for all voters cost-prohibitive, City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian said.
He pointed out that voters who prefer Spanish- or Korean-language ballots can still request them from the city clerk's office.
Still, City Council members and two Latino candidates have criticized the decision to scale down the ballot, saying that the city was shortchanging minority voters.