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What's in a Name? Why SF Election Officials Rejected Some Chinese Names for the Bilingual Ballot

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San Francisco election 2015. Ballot in English and Chinese. (Alan Toth/KQED)

For years, candidates for office in San Francisco have been allowed to include Chinese names to appear on bilingual ballots. But after complaints that some of those Chinese names are a little over the top, with Chinese characters symbolizing qualities like “virtue” or “power,” local elections officials are cracking down. Scott talks with reporter Han Li, who has been covering this for the San Francisco Standard.


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