English Only Measure Defeated

Voters in Nashville, Tenn., have rejected a measure requiring government business be done only in English.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the "English First" proposal was defeated on a vote of 41,752 to 32,144.

The vote means the city of nearly 600,000 people has refused to become the largest in the U.S. to prohibit the translation of written and spoken communications for residents who speak no or little English.

The proposal sparked intense debate. Proponents said using one
language would have united the city and saved money. But business
leaders, academics and the city's mayor worried it would have given
the city a bad reputation.

Similar measures have passed elsewhere.


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