NASS 2020 Virtual Summer Conference


Jul 17 - Jul 22





After careful consideration and discussion with the NASS Executive Board, the decision was made to cancel the 2020 NASS Summer Conference that was scheduled to take place from July 19-22, 2020 at the Silver Legacy in Reno, Nevada. In lieu of an in-person conference, NASS will host a Virtual Summer Conference, July 17th and July 20-22. Mark your calendar to join us online in July!



Register Now!

The registration fee is $50 per person for all registration types except corporate non-member. Registration will close on July 14th at 8 PM EDT.  Login information for conference sessions will begin to be distributed on Wednesday, July 15th to the email address provided at registration.

Press/Media Registration (free): There are 25 individual media slots, which will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registered reporters will be granted media access to open sessions of the conference. To register for ONE of the 25 first-come-first-serve media slots, please email Maria Benson, NASS Director of Communications, at There is a TWO reporter per outlet maximum and registration is non-transferable. In the interest of fairness, reporters may not email on behalf of their colleagues to reserve a slot for them.

Event Agenda:

Agenda is subject to change. Committee meetings are open to all attendees, unless otherwise noted. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Committee meetings and workshops will be recorded. ACR agenda available here.

Jul 17th


12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT

IDEAS: Innovations & Solutions from the States

2020 IDEAS Award Finalists

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

CLOSED SESSION - Secretaries-Only Session

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

CLOSED SESSION - SOS Staff-Only Session

Jul 20th


12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT

CLOSED SESSION - Communications Staff Roundtable

  • CIS Social Media Reporting Tool Prototype Demonstration and Beta Update
    Mr. Aaron Wilson, Sr. Director of Election Security, Center for Internet Security

  • Communicating Business Services COVID-19-related Changes to the Community and Stakeholders Overview 
    Mr. Tim Crowley, Communications Director, North Carolina Secretary of State 

  • Ohio Presidential Preference Primary Election Communications and Voter Education Strategy 
    Mr. Grant Shaffer, Director of External Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ohio Secretary of State 

  • Secretary of State Communications Staff Open Discussion

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

Business Services Committee
Co-Chairs: Hon. Denise Merrill, CT & Hon. Frank LaRose, OH

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Workshop: Remote Online & Paper Notarization - Stakeholders, State Laws and State Executive Orders

  • Overview of State Laws and Executive Orders
    Ms. Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, NASS

  • Model Emergency Executive Order on Notarization
    Mr. Kobie Pruitt, JD, AMP, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association
    Ms. Elizabeth Blosser, Senior Director of Government Affairs, American Land Title Association

  • MISMO Certification of Remote Notarization Vendors
    Mr. Jonathan Kearns, Vice President of MISMO and Associate VP of Product Development, Research & Industry Technology Standards, Mortgage Bankers Association

Jul 21st


12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT

Cybersecurity Committee & Workshop
Co-Chairs: Hon. Paul Pate, IA & Hon. Jim Condos, VT

  • A Report from the Field: Data on Cyber Risks and Vulnerabilities
    Mr. Matt Masterson, Senior Advisor on Election Security, CISA

  • Ohio Shared Practices: Suspicious Activity Reporting
    Mr. Spencer Wood, Chief Information Officer, Ohio Secretary of State

  • Vermont Shared Practices: Securing Your Remote User Sessions
    Mr. John Welch, IT Director, Vermont Secretary of State

  • West Virginia Shared Practices: Protecting an Expanding Digital Footprint
    Mr. Dave Tackett, Chief Information Officer, West Virginia Secretary of State




3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Workshop - Preparing for Increased Voter Turnout in November 2020

  • Innovative Poll Worker Recruitment Strategies and Identifying New Polling Places
    Hon. Robert Evnen, Secretary of State, Nebraska

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM EDT

Workshop Election Security Information Sharing – What’s New in 2020

  • Dr. Julia Nesheiwat, Deputy Assistant to the President, Homeland Security and Resilience, National Security Council

  • Mr. Geoff Hale, Director, Election Security Initiative, CISA, National Risk Management Center

  • Mr. Brian Hancock, Chair, Election Infrastructure Subsector Coordinating Council (EISCC)

  • Mr. Ben Hovland, Chairman, US Election Assistance Commission

Jul 22nd


12:15 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

CLOSED SESSION - SOS Staff-Only Session

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

CLOSED SESSION - Secretaries-Only Session

1:15 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Business Meeting & Induction of 2020-2021 Leadership
Members will vote on business items adopted by NASS committees.