Language assistance and passage of key election bill remove barriers to voter participation
(Denver) – Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and ACCESO, the Denver Elections Division’s Spanish language advisory board have worked together to keep Denver compliant with the Federal Voting Rights Language Assistance Act. Both will be honored with a proclamation from the Denver City Council.
Established by ordinance in 2008, ACCESO has assisted the Denver Elections Division in promoting Spanish language voter inclusion by providing extensive community outreach and strategic guidance leading to increased voter participation.
“ACCESO’s ongoing work with the Denver Election Division to make elections accessible for Spanish language voters and all populations has made Denver a national leader in inclusivity. We will continue to go above and beyond the federal language mandate to make sure Denver voters stay engaged.” Johnson said.
According to Jamie Torres, Chairperson, “ACCESO continues to be committed to leading the nation in adherence to the federal Voting Rights Act. This is achieved through progressive Spanish language voter outreach, education, and promoting access to voting; all of this is accomplished in partnership with the Denver Clerk and Recorder office.”
Johnson will also be recognized for her work on HB-1303, the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act which will result in ballots being mailed to all active voters and removed the confusing “Inactive Failed to Vote” voter status from Colorado election law.
The proclamation will be read at the Monday, July 22 Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 1437 Bannock.