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Santa Barbara County Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)

The next Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting will be held:
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible Location:
Louise Lowry Davis Center
Lu Gilbert Room
1232 De La Vina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Tentative Agenda:
  • Introductions and Welcome
  • Website
  • Asking or Offering Assistance
  • Feedback on changes to pollworker training and materials
  • Curbside Voting
  • 2018 Polling Place Accessibility Checklist
  • Placeholder for VAAC Member suggested Agenda Items
  • Questions & Answers/ Public Comment

An American Sign Language Interpreter will be present.
Please call 805.681.4226 to request any additional accommodations.


The goal of the Elections Division is to provide accessible polling place facilities, provide information to voters in accessible formats, and encourage participation from all voters through outreach. Santa Barbara County’s Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee participates in semi-annual meetings and provides input to help meet these goals.

At the semi-annual meetings, the VAAC will discuss various topics that may include the following:

  • Outreach programs to provide information to voters and encourage participation from all demographics
  • Providing polling place locations that meet the accessibility guidelines set by the State of California
  • Information provided to voters on the Santa Barbara County Elections Division website and ensuring the information provided is in accessible formats
  • Pending legislation
  • Emerging technologies
A board will be appointed annually to provide input on items when needed. If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, please complete the application using the link below and fax, email or mail it to our office. Applications will be collected as received and members will be appointed to the board at the first meeting of each calendar year. Interested parties must be present to be appointed.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Be willing to serve approximately a one year term (board will be appointed at the first meeting of each calendar year).
  2. Have advocacy, outreach, technology and/or elections experience.
  3. Have understanding of barriers faced by voters with disabilities.
While committee membership is limited to appointment, all meetings are open to the public. All interested voters, advocates, or members of the public are welcome to attend.

Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee Application

Thank you for your interest!

Please contact Melissa Taite for more information.

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Santa Barbara County Elections
Attn: Poll Operations-VAAC
PO Box 61510
Santa Barbara CA 93160-1510

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