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The California State Language Accessibility Advisory Committee was established in 2016 to advise the Secretary of State on the accessibility of elections and election materials to non-English preference voters. Chief Elections Officer Mark Church established the San Mateo County Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC) in 2017.

Mission

The mission of the San Mateo County LAAC is to advise and assist the Chief Elections Officer on matters relating to language accessibility to the electoral process by voters with limited English proficiency and to enhance language accessibility opportunities and compliance with all federal, state and local laws.

Responsibilities
  • Provide expertise and advice on language accessibility issues
  • Gather feedback from local communities on language accessibility issues
  • Propose recommendations on how to better assist voters with specific language needs
  • Monitor new laws and regulations on elections language accessibility issues
Committee Members
 
Name Organization Email
Charmaine Mesina Community Member  
Wesley Taoka San Mateo Japanese-American Community Center sanmateojacc@gmail.com
Rosa Maria Uriate Immigration Institute of the Bay Area ruriarte@iibayarea.org
 
Participating Organizations
 
Participating Organizations Email
Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus sietseg@advancingjustice-alc.org
Center for Civic Design – Language Access Team hello@civicdesign.org
Immigration Institute of the Bay Area redwoodcity@iibayarea.org
Self-Help for the Elderly alext@selfhelpelderly.org
Thrive Alliance info@thrivealliance.org
Heathways healthwaysdc@gmail.com
Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center (PBRC) info@pbrcsmc.com
Taulama for Tongans TaulamaforTongans@gmail.com
 
Organization

The LAAC consists of five (5) to seven (7) members who are selected and appointed directly by the San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer. LAAC members should either reside or work in San Mateo County. It is preferred and recommended that the members are fluent in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Burmese and/or Hindi in addition to the English language. Members of the committee should also be familiar with language accessibility issues for minority communities.

Below you will find the San Mateo County LAAC Charter and an application to become a member. We encourage you to apply if you are able to provide input on behalf of any language community. Please contact the Registration & Elections Division at 650.312.5222 or registrar@smcacre.org with any questions or comments.

LAAC Charter
LAAC Application Form

LAAC Contact