Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) is an advisory committee to the Yolo County Elections Office.

The Yolo County Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) assists and advises the Yolo County Elections Office on voting accessibility matters affecting seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Yolo County Elections Office and the VAAC are dedicated to identifying and finding solutions to improve access to voting. The VAAC provides a forum for voicing concerns, providing advice, and creating opportunities for collaboration and outreach within the community.

All meetings are open to the public and public participation is encouraged. Currently, VAAC meetings are held via Zoom on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Log-in information is listed here.

Members of the VAAC are volunteers. There is no stipend or reimbursement for participating in the VAAC.

About

The Yolo County Elections Office will pursue opportunities and suggestions provided by the VAAC. These recommendations may lead to actions such as the creation of new voter education and outreach materials, the revision of existing materials, in-person presentations, virtual meetings, or the distribution of educational materials to organizations serving people with disabilities. Other topic areas include:

  • informational materials and website
  • Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM) System
  • voter education and outreach materials
  • community group engagement
  • election worker diversity, recruitment, and training
  • ADA compliance or usability of voting locations
  • sensitivity and inclusion
  • physical barriers to voting
  • informational barriers to voting
  • best use of social media and multimedia resources
  • promotion of voting accessibility initiatives and events
  • initiatives and events to promote voting
  • disseminating information to local communities

Invitation to Interested Members of the Public

We encourage you to consider becoming a committee member. If interested or to find out more, please get in touch with the Yolo County Elections Office at (530) 666-8133 or [email protected]

Desirable Qualifications:

  • able to serve at least one year
  • able to attend meetings (currently virtual)

and

  • experience with accessibility advocacy, outreach, or technology
  • understanding of barriers faced by voters with disabilities

Committee membership is limited; however, all interested voters and advocates are invited to attend and participate.

Pre-Election Preparation

Prior to each major election and in collaboration with the VAAC, Yolo County will conduct voter education workshops to provide information about:

  • the Voter's Choice Act voting model
  • voting equipment accessibility and demonstrations
  • electronically accessing RAVBM and demonstrations of RAVBM
  • Ballot Drop Box and Vote Center information
  • successfully voting by mail
    • signing with a mark rather than a traditional signature (witnessed by someone 18 years or older)
    • authorizing someone to return your ballot
    • signing by power-of-attorney on behalf of the voter is not acceptable and does not count
  • limitations on conservatorships and power of attorney relationships
  • how to "cure" challenged vote-by-mail ballots missing signatures or signatures not matching