ACCESO Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board endorsed the position of Denver Clerk & Recorder Debra Johnson in favor of House Bill 1303 that created the Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act sponsored by Representatives Hullinghorst/Pabon and Senator Giron because it modernizes elections to reflect the way people vote.
ACCESO is the Spanish word for "access." It is also the informal name for the Elections Division's Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board.
This group was formed to assist 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, and increasing voting participation. More information on ACCESO.
"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."
ACCESO generally meets on a monthly 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.
ACCESO's next meeting will be in February of 2016.
The federal Voting Rights Act of 1973 mandates that when more than five percent of the county population speaks another language and has limited English skills, the county must provide bilingual election materials and information. In 2002, the City and County of Denver met that threshold for Spanish speakers, and formed the original Spanish Language Advisory Board (SLAB) at that time.
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, wanting to give the board permanence and a more formal structure, Clerk O’Malley collaborated on and backed an ordinance to formally establish the committee. The ACCESO ordinance took effect January 11, 2010. The first ACCESO board members were appointed in July 2010. Members then elected its own officers.
Denver community members with an interest in providing information about and promoting participation in the electoral process are encouraged to apply for membership on the 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 and members are appointed by the Clerk and Recorder. Application period is open. APPLY HERE NOW!