English First Ends on Bottom

Nashville voters defeated the English-only referendum in today’s special election by about 10,000 votes.

Turnout was the highest in a Davidson County special election since voters approved financing for the Titans’ stadium in 1997. Nearly 74,000 voters cast a ballot — most on Election Day. Writer Sharon Novikov voted with the 42,000 who opposed the English-only amendment.

“I think that there are people that have a right for services from the government in this country even if they don’t speak English. So I’m not sure how this amendment would help people, so I voted against it.”

Councilman Eric Crafton, who has spearheaded the English-only push, says the people have spoken and he’s prepared to drop the subject.

“It’s a clear majority of the people that want to move in a multi-lingual direction and may be that’s what we need to do. We can be the San Francisco of the South or the New York of the South.”

Crafton’s group Nashville English First was outspent by opponents four to one. However, Crafton has not disclosed who helped fund his campaign.

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