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NASS Task Force on Emergency Preparedness for Elections

State Laws & Practices for the Emergency Management of Elections

About the Task Force

The NASS Task Force on Emergency Preparedness for Elections was formed in January 2013 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the East Coast just days before the November 2012 presidential election.  The task force's mission is to support state election officials in their efforts to effectively establish/enhance sound administrative election practices in preparation for, and response to, emergency conditions. The task force works with stakeholder organizations, including the
National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Disaster Assistance Contacts

If your state or jurisdiction is dealing with election administration contingencies or response challenges related to a manmade or natural disaster, you may wish to consult with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and/or your state office of emergency management.  You may also wish to reach the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, other chief state election officials, or state election directors for support.  NASS members may also contact the association at 202-625-3525, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and assistance.

Disaster Planning & State/Federal Law

State Legislation

  • Alabama
    HB 373 (Absentee Voting When Governor Declares a State of Emergency)
    Status: Enacted 2013
  • California
    • AB 214 (Development of Procedures for Voting in a State of Emergency)
      Status: Enacted 2013
    • SB 363 (Alternative Voting Procedures for Out of State Emergency Workers)
      Status: Enacted 2013
  • Delaware
    HB 230 (Rescheduling Municipal Elections in Cases of Emergency)
    Status: enacted 2012
  • Connecticut
    SB 942 (Development of Emergency Contingency Plans for Elections)
    Status: enacted 2011
  • Oklahoma
    • SB 745 (Development of Contingency Plans for Election Emergency)
      Status: Enacted 2013
    • SB 869 (Absentee Voting for Emergency Personnel)
      Status: Enacted 2013
  • Louisiana
    HB 191: (Secretary of State Action to Assist Out-Of-State Emergency Workers)
    Status: Enacted 2013
  • Maine
    LD 504 (Voting by Individuals Responding to and Impacted by Emergencies)
    Status: Enacted 2013
  • Massachusetts
    H 637 (Authorizes Secretary of State to Postpone and Regulate Elections in Emergency Situations)
    Status: Joint Committee Hearing Held
  • Mississippi
    HB 624 (extends UOCAVA related absentee voting provisions to deployed emergency workers)
    Status: Enacted 2014
  • South Dakota
    - SB 35: (Election emergency procedures and local election postponement)
    Status: Enacted 2014
    - SB 130 (Secretary of State Authority to Conduct Elections for Local Jurisdictions in Emergency)
    Status: Enacted 2011
  • Utah
    • SB25 (Alternative Absentee Voting Procedures in Declared Emergency)
      Status: Enacted 2013
    • HB82 (Alternative Time, Methods, and Locations for Voting in a Declared Emergency)
      Status: Enacted 2013
  • Wyoming
    S 25 (Secretary of State authority to issue election directives to counties during emergencies)
    Status: Enacted

State Directives & Other Resources from the 2012 Election Cycle

State Election Related Emergency Planning Materials

News Coverage

Upcoming Events

NASS 2017 Winter Conference
February 15-18, 2017
JW Marriott
Washington, DC

NASS 2017 Summer Conference
July 7-10, 2017
Westin Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

NASS 2018 Winter Conference
February 16-19, 2018
Fairmont Georgetown
Washington, DC

NASS 2018 Summer Conference
July 13-16, 2018
Loews Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

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