Applicants sought for advisory board on outreach to Spanish speaking voters
(Denver) – Denver community members with an interest in promoting voting and access to the ballot are encouraged to apply for membership on the ACCESO Spanish-Language Voter Advisory Board, which assists the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Elections Division with elections outreach efforts to Denver’s limited-English, Spanish-speaking citizens. Central goals include making voting materials more accessible, ensuring an adequate number of Spanish-speaking poll workers, and increasing voting participation.
The federal Voting Rights Act of 1973 mandates that counties provide bilingual election materials and information when more than five percent of the population speak another language and have limited English skills. The City and County of Denver meets that threshold for Spanish speakers.
The advisory board was formed in 2003 in response to the federal mandate to assist the city in reaching out to Denver’s Spanish-speaking population with bilingual election materials and information. ACCESO (which means “access” in Spanish) has a six-year history of active commitment to its mission, and provides an invaluable service to the city and its limited-English-speaking voters. In early 2010 it was re-created through enactment of a city ordinance to give it permanence and a more formal structure.
“I would encourage members of the community to get involved in this worthwhile advisory board,” said Denver Clerk and Recorder Stephanie Y. O’Malley. “We need participation from people who care about voting to help us in our continual effort to effectively reach out to Denver’s primarily Spanish-speaking voters, to help us recruit bilingual poll workers, and to help bring some fresh perspectives to our efforts.”
Membership is voluntary and unpaid. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings for up to 3 years and to participate in community outreach efforts. Thirteen to twenty-five members will sit on the board. Representation from a broad demographic range is sought to mirror the Denver Latino community. Applicants must be registered voters and should have a history of involvement with the Spanish-speaking community. Fluency in Spanish is especially welcomed. Applications will be reviewed by the ACCESO transition committee, and members appointed by the Clerk and Recorder.
Additional information about ACCESO and an application form may be found at on the ACCESO page, or call 720-865-4872 to request an application. Se habla espanol. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 29.
News media only:
For more information
contact Tina Romero