Accessible Voting and Election Materials

The Yolo County Elections Office ensures all eligible voters have equal access to voter registration, election services, voting materials, and the ballot box.

Remote Accessible Vote by Mail System

Under Assembly Bill 37 in 2021, all registered voters may now use a Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM) system. The system was created in 2016 as a tool to allow voters with disabilities who prefer or need to vote from home to read and mark their ballot with more privacy and independence. The system improves the voting experience for voters with visual impairments or dexterity issues that hinder voting by putting pen to paper.

Voters may access, read, and mark a ballot in a screen-readable format from any computer with internet access and a printer, using their own adaptive technologies, if needed. To ensure the privacy of each voter’s selections, the RAVBM system does not store or transmit the voter’s choices on the computer or over the internet. The marked ballots must be printed by the voter and returned like any other vote-by-mail ballot.

This is not "internet voting." The voter's selections are neither transmitted nor saved to the computer; all voters in Yolo County vote on a paper ballot.

County-issued VBM ballot return identification envelopes have two holes, which voters with visual impairments can use as a signature guide to sign in the proper place on the envelope. The download packet on the RAVBM system has information about returning the ballot if the return-identification envelope is not available. 

The link to the RAVBM system is on the Yolo County website starting 29 days prior to the election and is available as a direct link if requested. Voters may request access to the RAVBM system by contacting the Yolo County Elections Office via email at [email protected], our Voter Assistance Hotline at (800) 649-9943, or fax at (530) 666-8123. The voter will be sent a direct link to the RAVBM system via email. 

Eligibility and Access

Any eligible voter may use the RAVBM system.

UOCAVA voters have access to the RAVBM system beginning 45 days prior to Election Day, using this link to the RAVBM system's secure website. (Only linked when the election is active)

All other active eligible voters have access to the RAVBM system beginning 29 days prior to Election Day, using this link to the RAVBM system’s secure website. (Only linked when the election is active)

Demonstration

Videos and demonstrations are available on YouTube.

Why use the Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail system.

How to use the Remote Accessible Vote-by-mail system.

Accessible Voter Information Guides

The County Voter Information Guide is mailed to all active registered voters in Yolo County. The State Voter Information Guide is mailed by the Secretary of State to all households in California where an active registered voter resides. To access your guide see the links below.

County Voter Information Guide

When the County Voter Information Guide becomes available, this County Voter Information Guide link will take you to the County's Accessible Voter Guide website which also provides access to the Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail system

State Voter Information Guide

Clicking on this State Voter Information Guide link will take you to the Secretary of State's voter guide website. Other formats such as an audio version and a large print version of the State Voter Information Guide is available on the Secretary of State's website.

Voter Education and Outreach Workshops

The Yolo County Elections Office conducts workshops to educate the public about the voting process, the Voter's Choice Act, and election-specific information.

You may email a request for outreach services or presentations, or attend workshops of interest to you and your community.

The workshops are currently conducted via Zoom (log-in information here) from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 16, 2002 (bilingual English/Spanish)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (bilingual English/Mandarin & English/Cantonese)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (bilingual English/Korean & English/Russian)

Thursday, May 19, 2022 (bilingual English/Punjabi)

Friday, May 20, 2022 (Accessibility to Voting)

Eligibility to Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote for a given election is 15 days prior to Election Day. Voters who miss the deadline may register and vote under Conditional Voter Registration (CVR).

Accessible Conditional Voter Registration (NEW for 2022)

Voters with disabilities and qualified military and overseas voters may now participate in Conditional Voter Registration without appearing in person. Under Senate Bill 504 (2022), the specified voters may use the California Online Voter Registration for CVR and subsequently request from the Yolo County Election Office access to the Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail system to vote provisionally. 

Conservatorships

Senate Bill 589 (2016) amended the California Elections Code to require that an individual with a disability who is under a conservatorship be permitted to register to vote unless that individual has been disqualified from voting. The law establishes a presumption that a person is competent to vote regardless of his or her conservatorship status.

Section 2102 of the Elections Code also requires that an individual with a disability, who is otherwise qualified to vote but needs accommodations to complete an affidavit of voter registration, be granted such necessary accommodations to the extent they are reasonable.

It is important to note that restoration of a conservatee’s right to register to vote does not automatically lead to his or her registration. A newly eligible conservatee must register/re-register to vote. Registration cards are available at Post Offices, the DMV, and many government buildings, or contact the Yolo County Elections Office to get one mailed to you. Alternatively, you may register to vote online.

A further explanation of the voting rights of persons subject to conservatorship is on the Secretary of State's website.

Advisory Committees related to Accessibility

The Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee provides a forum for feedback and communication to continuously improve Yolo County's services to voters with disabilities or any other challenges creating a barrier to the electoral process.

The Language Accessibility Advisory Committee provides a forum for Yolo County's continuous improvement of services to voters with limited English-proficiency.