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ACCESO: Spanish Language Voter Advisory Board

ACCESO ("access" in Spanish) is a committee that assists the Clerk and Recorder and the Elections Director in their 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
  • Increasing voting participation

 

Join the virtual ACCESO executive committee meeting!

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Microsoft Teams (you can download the application for free or join from your web browser)
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+1 720-388-6219   United States, Denver (Toll)
Conference ID: 310 220 435# 

More information about ACCESO

ACCESO's Mission

"Provide advice and guidance to the Office of the Clerk and Recorder and its Elections Division to assist in communicating to the Spanish language community for purposes of providing elections information and promoting voting and participation of all citizens in the elections process."  

More information - facts about ACCESO (PDF)

ACCESO's History

  • In 1973, a provision was added to the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, mandating that counties must provide bilingual election materials and information if 5 percent or more of their voting-age citizens speak a language other than English, or have limited English skills.
  • In 2002, the City and County of Denver met the 5 percent threshold for Spanish speakers, and formed the original Spanish Language Advisory Board (SLAB).  
  • In 2008, newly-elected Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O’Malley built upon the efforts of SLAB, creating the ACCESO Spanish-Language Voter Advisory Board.
  • In 2009, Clerk O’Malley collaborated on and backed an ordinance to formally establish the committee, giving the board permanence and a more formal structure.
  • The ACCESO ordinance took effect January 11, 2010. The first ACCESO board members were appointed in July 2010. Members then elected the committee's officers.
  • In 2013, ACCESO endorsed the position of Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson in favor of House Bill 13-1303, creating the Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Hullinghorst/Pabon and Senator Giron, advanes the goals of ACCESO by modernizing elections to reflect the way people vote.

ACCESO's Structure

Today, ACCESO has 16 members representing various geographic areas of Denver. The members serve three years and participate in scheduled meetings and educational activities about the electoral process.

ACCESO generally meets on a quarterly basis leading up to general and local elections.

The board may schedule additional meetings, and provides notices of all meetings in accordance with the Denver open meetings ordinance.

The meetings are dynamic and all board members contribute their ideas and updates to the team, the Director of the Elections Division, and the Clerk and Recorder.

Members of the Denver community with an interest in providing information about, and promoting participation in, the electoral process are encouraged to apply for membership on the ACCESO board.

  • Membership is voluntary and unpaid
  • Applicants must be registered voters and should be involved with the Spanish-speaking Denver community
  • Fluency in Spanish is especially welcome
  • Applications are reviewed by the ACCESO board 
  • Members are appointed by the Clerk and Recorder
  • Application period is open. 

Apply now (PDF Form)

ACCESO Members

Margaret is the vice president of the Democratic Party of Colorado and President of the Democratic Women of Colorado. Additionally, she was the President for the Iniciativa Latina de Colorado. Margaret has been active participant for several years in the Latino community in voter registration and educational initiatives.

Bio coming soon!

Bio coming soon!

Although my family is from Mexico, I grew up in a small town in Wyoming.  Having moved to Colorado in 2011 after graduating from the University of Wyoming, I pursued my passion of working with families on access to quality education, community resources, and equity.  I started my career at Escuela Tlatelolco as an English as a Second Language Teacher working with recently immigrated students and their families.  My passion for public service quickly took me to addressing policy issues of immigration under U.S. Representative Diana DeGette and I continued public policy work and addressing social equity issues for the next 8 years, for west Denver’s City Councilman Paul D. López.  I currently serve as Outreach Program Manager and Legislative Liaison for the Denver Fire Department.  Public service has shown me, especially at the local level, your vote matters and impacts your life daily.  

Stella, born and raised in Denver, has been working in the public sector, political sphere and national and state initiatives throughout her professional career. Madrid was appointed to the Board of Spanish Language Advisory Board (SLAB) in 2006, served as President in 2008-10. In 2010 she was elected Chair of ACCESO, where she served two terms, she also serves on the Executive Committee and remains active in a leadership role. Madrid is the Inter-Governmental and Community Affairs Officer for the Housing Authority of City and County of Denver (1991-Present). Additionally, Madrid has had leadership roles in state and national boards including the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations (NAHRO), Global Urban Development, Housing Colorado Legislative Committee, her local House District and is active in other non-profit organizations.

Bio coming soon!

 
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200 W. 14th Ave #100
Denver, CO 80204
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

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