For Immediate Release
March 18, 2014
Washington, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is touting its own "Final Four" for the month of March. Association members are being asked to review submissions by the four national finalists for the 2014 IDEAS Award, which seeks to recognize innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in state member programming, as well as significant contributions to NASS. Finalist results were first revealed to members during the association's annual winter meeting, held last month in Washington, DC.
The finalist programs that are to be considered for the third annual IDEAS Award include the following (in alphabetical order by state):
- Office of the Colorado Secretary of State: eLearning Program
- Office of the Nevada Secretary of State: Digital Operating Agreement Application
- Office of the Oregon Secretary of State: Records Management Solution
- Office of the South Dakota Secretary of State: TotalVote Election Management System
Finalists for the NASS IDEAS Award are selected following a review and ranking vote by a designated group of peers. State submissions are judged according to their history, significance and effects/results.
Representatives for each of the four finalists will be invited to showcase their innovative state program during a special shared practices panel at this year's annual NASS summer conference, which is taking place from July 13 to July 16 in Baltimore, Maryland.
NASS members will vote to select the national honoree from among the finalists, and the recipient office will be presented with the IDEAS Award during the summer event.
“This year’s NASS IDEAS Award finalists reflect a true cross-section of Secretary of State office programming, covering elections, business services, state archives and e-government,” noted NASS President Tre Hargett, who serves as Tennessee Secretary of State. “Learning about what other Secretaries of State are doing to innovate in their respective states is one of the core missions of NASS, and my colleagues and I are looking forward to honoring our finalists and hearing their presentations at the summer conference in July.”
For more information about the NASS IDEAS Award, click here.
Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest nonpartisan, professional association of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services and digital archiving, as well as several well-established awards programs.