A few weeks ago, I brought to your attention to the new Electoral Board member in Fairfax County- Hans von Spakovsky. Hans was known nationally for his role in the Bush Justice Department as a key player in what TPM called "the administration's vote suppression agenda". His nomination to the FEC was so controversial that he was unable to win Senate confirmation. In fact, a major reason he was not confirmed was the letter that career employees in the Justice Department sent to the Senate about his activities there.
Virginia's electoral boards are comprised of 1 Republican, 1 Democrat and 1 member of the Governor's party. So upon Bob McDonnell's victory, Republicans got an extra seat on Electoral Boards in every county and began filling those vacancies. In Fairfax the "Governor's seat" went to von Spakovsky.
Today, von Spakovsky began what many expect will be four years of attempting to suppress the vote in Fairfax County. In his first action, he voted with the other Republican on the Electoral Board to stop distributing voter registration applications in languages other than English. These applications are online in other languages, and if the registrar receives them they will still be required to process them- but von Spakovsky's effort here was to ensure they were not passed out at community registration events run by the Electoral Board.
Fairfax County is one of the most diverse counties in the United States. At my high school in Fairfax (Robinson) we had students from every country in the world represented in the 1990's- and the county has only grown even more diverse since then. To have alternate language forms available and legal to use- but directing staff not to distribute them is an obvious attempt to limit non-English speaking voters from registration activities.
Take for example a Korean family (one of the largest minority groups in Fairfax) who doesn't yet speak English. If they don't speak English, directing them to go find a Korean registration form online is going to be completely futile. So the registrar's office has taken Korean forms to every event they go to and made them available to those who need them. That practice stops as of today.