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VOA常速英语新闻:奥巴马呼吁改革美国选举制度(双语)

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就在总统奥巴马去年11月庆祝再度当选时,他表示很多人要等待很久才能投票。
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As President Obama celebrated his re-election last November, he acknowledged that too many people waited too long to cast their ballots.
就在总统奥巴马去年11月庆祝再度当选时,他表示很多人要等待很久才能投票。

In his State of the Union address in February, the president said long waits at the polls are a betrayal of America's ideals.
在2月份的国情咨询中,总统说投票等得太久违背了美国的理想。

He told the story of 102-year-old Desiline Victor of Miami, Florida. "When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say," he said.
他讲述了佛罗里达迈阿密102岁老人Desiline Victor的故事,“当Desiline到达投票点时,她被告知得等待6个小时。时间一分一分地过去了,她并不担心自己疲惫的身体或酸痛的双脚,而是担心像她这样的人是否能有发言权。”

Obama announced a new commission to study the electoral process, led by the top attorneys from his 2012 campaign and that of Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
奥巴马宣布成立新的委员会来调查选举程序,由2012年竞选中他和共和党对手罗姆尼的顶级律师负责。

While the commission looks for answers, others are debating exactly what is wrong with American elections.
就在委员会寻求问题的答案时,也有人就美国选举是否有问题进行辩论。

At Washington's Heritage Foundation, senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky says Obama exaggerated the problem. "And the myth is that everyone had to wait in long lines to vote on Election Day last November. We know that is not true. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) did a study on this, and the average wait time across the country was only 14 minutes," he said.
华盛顿传统基金会的资深律师汉斯·凡·斯帕科夫斯基称奥巴马夸大了这一问题,“人们说去年11月选举日那天人人都要排长队,其实我们知道并非如此,麻省理工学院对此作过研究,整个美国的平均等待时间只有14分钟。”

词汇解释

1.betrayal n. 背叛;辜负;暴露

Forgetting the past means betrayal.
忘记过去就意味着背叛。

2. aching adj. 疼痛的;心痛的

My aching back was the least of my problems.
背部疼痛对我来说是最不起眼的小问题。

3. attorney n. 律师;代理人

The attorney for the defense challenged the juror.
被告辩护律师不同意这位陪审员。

4. exaggerate vt. 使扩大;使增大

But all these examples exaggerate the problem.
但所有这些例子夸大了这一问题。

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