Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)

Overview

Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee

On August 22, 2014, the California Secretary of State published California Secretary of State’s Guide to Creating a Local Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) providing guidance to counties on the formation of local VAAC committees. In cooperation with the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, The Registration & Elections Division founded the San Mateo County VAAC in 2015.

The San Mateo County VAAC members represent agencies and organizations within San Mateo County. The VAAC holds quarterly meetings scheduled throughout 2017.

The VAAC encourages citizen participation and provides valuable information to the Registration & Elections Division on county-wide voting accessibility matters affecting seniors and individuals with disabilities. VAAC members have provided key input into our elections process. The San Mateo County VAAC has participated in reviewing Vote by Mail envelopes, researching alternative voting options, advocating for increased public transportation options during Election Day, and contributed to several other Registration & Elections Division initiatives.

View the VAAC application form here and the implementation timeline here. Please contact Kenny Lin, the VAAC Coordinator of the Registration & Elections Division, at 650.312.5390 or klin@smcacre.org with any questions or comments.