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    Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC)

    LANGUAGE ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LAAC)

     

    As a committee under the Registrar of Voters, the Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC) is responsible for making recommendations for improving election materials, polling places, websites, voter materials and election procedures for voters with limited proficiency in English.

    LAAC/VAAC Formation Press Release

     

    At the formation meeting held on August 9, 2017, the following presentation was provided:

    LAAC Formation Agenda

    Agenda Formación LAAC en Español

    LAAC Presentation

    Presentación LAAC en Español

     

    The Madera County LAAC is currently in formation.
    If you would like to apply to become a member, click the links below and complete the application.

    LAAC Application

    Aplicación LAAC en Español

    Completed applications can be mailed to the address shown or can be emailed to: electionsinfo@co.madera.ca.gov.

     

    Meetings

    Meetings are held at least twice a year and more often as necessary prior to an election.  Meetings are structured to provide a forum where community members can provide advice that contributes to the Registrar of Voter’s decision making process.

    Meetings will be open to the public and members of the public will have opportunity to make oral statements during those meetings.  All meetings are accessible to voters with limited proficiency in English and translators are on site to provide assistance in Spanish, as needed.

     

    The next meeting of the Madera County LAAC:

    Date:   TBA

    Time:   TBA

    Location:

    • County Government Center
    • (Room to be determined)
    • 200 W. 4th Street
    • Madera,  CA  93637

     

    Contact

    For more information, to ask questions, or give comments, the committee can be reached at electionsinfo@co.madera.ca.gov, or by postal mail at:

    Madera County LAAC
    200 W. 4th Street
    Madera  CA  93637

     

    Current Members

    Once the committee has been formed, a list of members shall appear here.

     

    Committee Responsibilities

    The LAAC is responsible for working on:

    • Recommendations for reaching out to individuals and organizations that serve voters with limited proficiency in English
    • Recommendations for improving access and participation in elections by voters with limited proficiency in English
    • Recommendations for improving access and availability of election materials in required languages
    • Assisting in disseminating information to limited English proficiency communities
    • Assisting in the development of more accessible, plain language voting materials
    • Assisting in the recruitment and retention of Bilingual poll workers

     

    For more information about a project or working group, or to learn about how you can get involved, email us at: electionsinfo@co.madera.ca.gov.

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    Special Election – March 7, 2017

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    On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the County of Madera will have a Special Election.

    At that election, a Public Safety Sales Tax Measure will be on the ballot.  The measure will be submitted only to voters residing in the Unincorporated Areas of Madera County.  The measure shall be called Measure L.

     

    • On Election Day, the polls will open at 7am and will close at 8pm.
    • The back cover of your County Voter Information Guide will provide you with your polling place information.
    • Click here to view the List of Polling Places for March 7, 2017.
    • Download our Mobile App!  Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play, enter the keywords “Madera Polling Places” and download the Elections Division polling place app today!

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    Vote by Mail

    Information on Voting by Mail

    Vote by Mail

    If you are registered to vote, you may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot by using any of these methods:

    1. Completing an Application from one of the following sources:

    2. Sending a written request for a Vote By Mail ballot to the Elections Division which includes:

    • The election for which you are requesting a ballot
    • Your name
    • Your residence address in Madera County
    • The address to which you would like your ballot mailed (if different from residence)
    • Your Signature

    3. Applying in person at the Elections Division:

    • Complete written application and receive Vote by Mail ballot immediately.

    4. Apply by phone:

    • Call the Elections Division at 559-675-7720 or call toll free 800-435-0509

    Voters may now apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot by phone. Applicants must provide personal identifying information that matches their voter record. The law prohibits a person from applying for a Vote-by-Mail ballot using the name of, or on behalf of, another person. All voters applying for a Vote-by-Mail ballot shall be advised as follows: “Only the registered voter himself/herself may apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot. An application for a Vote-by-Mail ballot that is made by any person other than the registered voter is a criminal offense.”

     

    Regardless of how you apply, you may request a Vote by Mail ballot as early as 29 days prior to an election. If your written request or application is received prior to 29 days before the election, it will be held until the 29th day. The last date for requesting a Vote By Mail ballot by mail is 7 days prior to an election, after which time, Vote By Mail ballots are available only by applying in person at the Elections Division, or by sending a representative, authorized by you in writing, to the Elections Division to pick up your ballot for you.

     

    In Madera County, you may vote your Vote by Mail ballot with either a #2 lead pencil or a ball point pen (black or blue ink) only. Do not use red ink pens, Sharpies or markers of any other kind. After voting your ballot, place the ballot card(s) into the blue secrecy envelope provided and then into the Identification envelope.

     

    Returning Your Ballot

    • In Person – Any day before the election you may deliver your ballot to the County Clerk’s office.
      • Where:  200 4th Street, Madera, California
      • When:  Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

     

    • Saturday Voting and Ballot Drop-Off  – locations will be listed if sites are available prior to upcoming elections.

     

    • On Election Day – You may return your voted ballot to the County Clerk’s Office or to any polling place in Madera County between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

     

    • Unable to Return Your Own Ballot – If you are unable to return your voted ballot personally, you may authorize anyone to return it for you.

     

    • Deadline for Ballot Return – Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of the Election to be considered timely.

     

    IMPORTANT! You must sign where indicated on the Blue Identification Envelope or your ballot will not be counted!

     

    What happens if you forget to sign your ballot?


    If you forgot to sign your ballot you will receive a notice from us.  That notice will contain an “Unsigned Ballot Statement”.

    • Complete the Unsigned Ballot Statement and return it to us by no later than the deadline shown on the letter.
    • If your Unsigned Ballot Statement is received by the deadline, and your signature matches, we will be able to count your ballot.

     

    If you misplaced the Unsigned Ballot Statement sent to you, you can download a copy here (will appear for current election only).

     

     

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    About the County Clerk – Elections Division

    Elections is a division of the County Clerk-Recorder’s office and is run by the County Clerk-Recorder. Listed below are some of the duties the Elections Division is responsible for:

    • Registering voters and maintaining the voter registration file.
    • Procuring all polling places and recruiting all poll workers in Madera County.
    • Conducting federal, state and local elections held in Madera County.
    • Providing information to candidates on the nomination process and campaign reporting laws.
    • Filing campaign statements (itemized listing of candidates’ and campaigns’ contributions and expenditures).
    • Providing voter registration information and related materials to candidates and campaigns.
    • All duties relating to elections.

     

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