NASS 2020 Winter Conference

Fairmont Georgetown

Jan 30 - Feb 2


Washington, DC


Fairmont Georgetown


Registration is sold-out for this event. On-site registration will not be available.

Early Registration Rates -
SOS/Lt. Governor/Emeritus Member $500
State Staff/Govt./Non-Profit $500
NASS Corporate Affiliate $500
Corporate Non-Member $1200
Guest/Spouse $350

A late registration fee of $100 per person will be added after Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Registration for this event is closed. On-site registration will NOT be available for this event. Cancellations received by 5 PM EST on Thursday, January 23, 2020 will be refunded less a $50 processing fee (processing fee only applies to payments made originally with a credit card). Cancellations received after January 23, 2020 and No-Shows will NOT receive refunds. 

To register as press/media please email Maria Benson, NASS Director of Communications at Media guidelines will be sent to those who register. Admittance is subject to NASS approval.

Hotel Reservations:

Fairmont Georgetown | 2401 M Street NW | Washington, DC 20037

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The NASS rate at the Fairmont Georgetown is $184 per night, plus 14.95% tax. Rate is guaranteed through January 8, 2020, or until the room block sells out. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel/travel arrangements. To make reservations by phone, call 202-429-2400 and mention NASS Winter conference to receive the discounted rate. Any cancellations, no-shows or early departures without 48 hours advance notice will result in the forfeiture of one night deposit.


The Fairmont Georgetown is approx. 5 miles from Reagan National Airport (DCA). Please arrange your own ground transportation.

Taxi - To/from DCA is approx. $25 one way.
Uber/Lyft - Both are available at DCA. Rates vary.
Parking - Valet parking at the hotel overnight is $56 daily.
Metro - From DCA take the Blue Line towards Largo Town Center. Exit the Metro at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station. After exiting, walk towards 24th St. NW. Turn right on 24th St. NW and walk approximately .5 miles. The Fairmont Georgetown will be on the left.


NASS Corporate Affiliates in good standing can sign-up for exhibit space during the registration process for the winter conference.

Exhibit tables will be located in the Imperial Foyer at the Fairmont Georgetown. NASS will provide approx. 8'x10' space with skirted 6' table and two chairs. Exhibitors can order electricity through NASS for $175 total for the conference. Wireless internet access will be available for use in the meeting space. Space is limited to 24 exhibitors and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis after January 8, 2020. Please contact Sherry Abeel, PSAV ( or 202-349-1325) to order any additional AV. Click here for exhibitor guide and shipping information.

Event Agenda:

Agenda is subject to change. Committee meetings are open to all attendees, unless otherwise noted. Conference dress is business attire. Valid conference ID badge is required for entry to ALL meetings and events. State government NASS members may attend portions of the NASED meetings free of charge.

Jan 30th


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC) Meeting (Not a NASS mtg.)

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

DHS 2020 Executive Elections Tabletop Exercise (Not a NASS mtg. | Advanced sign-up required through DHS)
Kennedy Ballroom

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Expo/Demo Set-Up
Imperial Foyer

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

NASS Executive Board Meeting

Jan 31st


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Expo/ Demo
Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast & Interactive Discussion on #TrustedInfo2020

Moderated by: Hon. Paul Pate, Secretary of State, Iowa

  • Ms. Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund

  • Hon. Christy McCormick, Chair, US Election Assistance Commission 

  • Mr. James Hill, Associate Director of Communications, Nonprofit VOTE

  • Mr. Matt Masterson, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), DHS 


9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

General Session: Election Security - Threat Actor Behavior and Countermeasures for Disrupting and Defeating State and Non-State Actors Featuring Mr. Clint Watts, Senior Fellow at the Center For Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University
Kennedy Ballroom

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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

  • Committee Business

  • Federal Legislation
    The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act
    DotGov Online Trust in Government Act

  • Protecting Against Ransomware Attacks
    Mr. Ben Spear, Director, EI-ISAC
    Mr. Geoff Hale, Director, Election Security Initiative, CISA, National Risk Management Center
    Hon. Kyle Ardoin, Secretary of State, Louisiana

  • Vulnerability Disclosure
    Mr. Beau Woods, Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow, Atlantic Council
    Mr. Trevor Timmons, CIO, Colorado Secretary of State's Office

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Buffet Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Elections Committee
Co-Chairs: Hon. Kathy Boockvar, PA & Hon. Mac Warner, WV
Kennedy Ballroom

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Afternoon Break
Imperial Foyer

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Workshop - Perspectives on Voting Systems: Accessibility, Security, and the Voter Experience
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Dr. Josh Benaloh, Senior Principal Cryptographer, Microsoft Research

  • Ms. Michelle Bishop, Voting Rights Specialist, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

  • Dr. Matt Blaze, Professor of Law/Chair, Department of Computer Science, Georgetown Law

  • Ms. Marian K. Schneider, President, Verified Voting

  • Mr. Maurice Turner, Deputy Director, Center for Democracy & Technology

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

CLOSED SESSION - Elections as Critical Infrastructure
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderated by: Hon. Mac Warner, Secretary of State, West Virginia

  • Mr. Michael McKeown, Supervisory Special Agent, Associate Division Counsel, FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit

  • Mr. John Matchison, Counsel for the Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Mr. Aaron Cooper, Counsel for the Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Reception at the National Archives Museum
701 Constitution Ave NW | Washington, DC 
Buses Load at M Street Entrance at 6 PM
Advance Sign-up & Conference Badge Required

Feb 1st


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Secretaries-Only Session
Kennedy Ballroom

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Communications Staff Roundtable
Ballroom I

  • Countering Foreign Interference Task Force Work & Public Products
    Mr. Brian Scully, Countering Foreign Interference Task Force, DHS

  • Update on TurboVote & Discussion of 2020 Platform Plans
    Mr. Mike Ward, Vice President of Voter Engagement, Democracy Works
    Ms. Esha Rakhit, Product Director, Democracy Works

  • Secretary of State Staff Communications Discussion

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - SOS IT Staff Meet & Greet with Security Researchers

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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

  • Update from the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA)
    Ms. Rebecca Longfellow, IACA President, Business Services Division Director, Indiana Secretary of State

  • Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Update
    Hon. Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State, North Carolina

  • Business ID Theft Pilot Program and Fraud Detection/Data Analytic Tools
    Ms. Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, NASS
    Hon. Connie Lawson, Secretary of State, Indiana
    Hon. Frank LaRose, Secretary of State, Ohio
    Hon. Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State, North Carolina

  • Supreme Court Changes Federal Trademark Law – How Does this Impact the States?
    Ms. Jennifer McDowell, Director of Government Affairs, International Trademark Association (INTA)

  • The Implementation of Business One Stops – Roundtable Discussion
    Hon. Denise Merrill, Secretary of State, Connecticut

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Securities Committee
Co-Chairs: Hon. Brad Raffensperger, GA & Hon. Elaine Marshall, NC

  • Discussion on Proposed Federal Legislation – “Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act”

  • Discussion on Settlements and Enforcement Actions in the States

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

NASS Awards Luncheon Featuring the Posthumous Presentation of the 2019 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award to Ms. Viola Gregg Liuzzo 

  • Accepted by Ms. Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe 

  • Remarks by Ms. Ainka Jackson, Esq., Executive Director, The Selma Center for Nonviolence

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

International Relations Committee
Co-Chairs: Hon. John Merrill, AL & Hon. Tahesha Way, NJ
Kennedy Ballroom

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Awards Committee
Co-Chairs: Hon. Kimberly Bassett, DC & Hon. Al Jaeger, ND
Imperial II

  •  Committee Discussion on NASS Awards Programs

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break
Imperial Foyer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop - "Don't @ Me": Social Platform Best Practices, Tips and 2020 Plans
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Ms. Lauren Devoll, Public Policy Associate, Twitter 

  • Ms. Andrea Holtermann, Civics Outreach, Google

  • Mr. Khalid Pagan, Politics and Government Outreach Northeast Lead, FACEBOOK

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop - Cybersecurity for State Archives and Records Management – Security Controls & Best Practices
Ballroom I

  • Ms. Sandra Paul-Blanc, Chief IT Security Officer, National Archives and Records Administration

  • Dr. Philip Kulp, IT Security, National Archives and Records Management

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop - Turning Election Staff into a Battle Staff: Elections Battle Staff Playbook and Resources
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Ms. Caitlin Conley, Harvard Belfer Center’s Defending Digital Democracy Program (D3P)

  • Mr. Kunal Kothari, Harvard Belfer Center’s D3P

5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Corporate Affiliate/ Secretaries ONLY Reception

Feb 2nd


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast & State Heritage Committee with Presentation by The National Archives Foundation
Co-Chairs: Hon. Katie Hobbs, AZ & Hon. Kim Wyman, WA
Ballroom I

National Archives 19th Amendment Commemoration Efforts and Civic Education Initiatives 

  • Mr. Jim Doumas, Deputy Executive Director, National Archives Foundation

  • Ms. Mattie Gainer, Senior Programs and Communications Manager, National Archives Foundation

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Secretaries-Only Session

8:45AM - 9:45 AM

CLOSED SESSION - SOS Staff-Only Session

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Expo/Demo Tear Down
Imperial Foyer

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

NASS Business Meeting
Kennedy Ballroom
Members will vote on business items adopted by NASS committees.

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