Awards

The John Lewis Youth Leadership Award was established in 2021 by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), aims to honor the extraordinary accomplishments of Congressman John Lewis. His courageous achievements during the Civil Rights Movement and his long tenure of public service have inspired and will continue to inspire Americans for generations to come. In 1961, at the age of 21, Lewis was one of the original thirteen Freedom Riders. In 1963, Lewis was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington and also one of the “Big Six” leaders that organized the march. In 1965...

The NASS Medallion Award allows individual Secretaries of State to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) within the states. Eligibility & Selection Guidelines The NASS Medallion Award was created to honor individuals, groups or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS in one or more of the following areas: Elections, with special emphasis on voter education and participation Civic education, including the teaching, promotion and study of this subject Service to state...

Established in 2011, the NASS IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence & Achievement in Service) Award recognizes significant state contributions to the mission of NASS, as well as honors the outstanding programs and achievements of NASS member offices. Nominations are encouraged in all areas of state government programming that is overseen or administered by Secretary of State or Lieutenant Governor offices throughout the U.S. Hon. Jocelyn Benson, MI whose office received the 2021 NASS IDEAS Award. Photo credit: Philip Smith, 1L Photo 2022 IDEAS Finalists Colorado - Rapid Response Election...

Established in 1992, the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award is named after the former U.S. Senator from Maine, who jeopardized her career by speaking out against the red-baiting tactics of Senator Joseph P. McCarthy in the 1950s. Award recipients are recognized for individual acts of political courage, uncommon character and selfless action in the realm of public service. Photo: Hon. Kyle Ardoin, NASS President & LA Secretary of State, Ms. Brenda Wiseman, West Virginia Randolph County Clerk and Hon. Mac Warner, WV Secretary of State, photographed with the NASS Margaret Chase Smith...

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