NASS New Voter Forum

Washington D.C.

May 21


Washington, D.C.


Fairmont Georgetown

This forum will focus on voter outreach, education and best practices geared towards young people, minorities, active duty military and the disabled communities.


Click here to register for the NASS New Voter Forum!

The registration fee for Secretaries of State, State Government Staff and Outreach Organization Representatives is $75 per person. If you are a speaker on the agenda for this event, you do not need to register. Online registration ends on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. There are no refunds for this event.

Press/ Media: To attend this event please contact Maria (Dill) Benson, NASS Communications Director at

Hotel Reservations:

Fairmont Georgetown
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-429-2400 (mention NASS New Voter Forum when booking)

Click here to book now!

The NASS rate at the Fairmont Georgetown is $253 per night, plus 14.5% tax. Rate is guaranteed through Monday, April 30, 2018, 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 New Voter Forum to receive the discounted rate. Any cancellations, no-shows or early departures without 72-hours advance notice will result in the forfeiture of one nights deposit.


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

Taxi - To/from the airport is approx. $25 one way.
Uber/Lyft - Both are available at Reagan National Airport. Rates vary.
Parking - Valet parking at the hotel overnight is $56 daily.
Metro - From Reagan National Airport (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 onto 24th St. NW and walk approximately ½ mile. The Fairmont Georgetown will be on the left.

Event Agenda:

Agenda is subject to change. Meeting dress is business attire. Valid meeting ID badge is required for entry to ALL meetings. All meetings will take place at the Fairmont Georgetown.

May 21st


8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Hon. Jim Condos, Secretary of State, Vermont

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Accessible Voting Initiatives
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderator - Hon. Thomas Hicks, Chairman, Election Assistance Commission

  • Hon. Jim Condos, Secretary of State, Vermont

  • Ms. Nikki Charlson, Deputy Administrator, Maryland State Board of Elections

  • Mr. Ben Jackson, Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Improving the Voting Process for Overseas Voters, Active Duty Military and Veterans
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderator - Mr. David Beirne, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program

  • Hon. Paul Pate, Secretary of State, Iowa

  • Mr. Mike Queen, Deputy Chief of Staff & Communications Director, West Virginia Secretary of State

  • Mr. Kamanzi Kalisa, Director of Overseas Voting Initiative, Council of State Governments

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Kennedy Foyer

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

How Social Media and Technology Can Aid in Registering and Educating New Voters
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderator - Hon. Tre Hargett, Secretary of State, Tennessee

  • Ms. Maria Bianchi, Project Manager, Voting Information Project

  • Mr. Mike Hogan, Elections Product Manager, Facebook

  • Ms. Bridget Coyne, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Twitter

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Hosted by Democracy Fund

Moderator - Ms. Lindsay Daniels, Associate Director, Elections, Democracy Fund

  • Ms. Amanda Bainton, Executive Director, Foundation, Military Officers Association of America

  • Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Ph.D., Director of CIRCLE, Tufts University

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Outreach to Minority Voters: Including African Americans, Hispanic Americans and New Citizens
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderator - Mr. James Hill, Associate Director of Communications & Partnerships, Nonprofit VOTE

  • Ms. Kristi Dougan, Voter Outreach Coordinator, Michigan Secretary of State's Bureau of Elections

  • Ms. Holli Holliday, Senior Political and Data Advisor, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

  • Ms. Juliana Cabrales, Mid-Atlantic Director of Civic Engagement, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Modernizing Our Democracy to Engage First-time Voters and Students
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderator - Mr. Joey Wozniak, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Mile 22

  • Hon. John Merrill, Secretary of State, Alabama

  • Mr. Jesse Melgar, Deputy Secretary of State, California Secretary of State

  • Ms. Nicole Lagace, Senior Advisor & Communications Director, Rhode Island Secretary of State

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Kennedy Foyer

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

INSPIRE U.S. - Making an Impact on Youth Voting Across the Country
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderator - Ms. Chelsea Costello, National Program Manager, INSPIRE U.S.

  • Hon. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State, Kentucky

  • Mr. Mike Queen, Deputy Chief of Staff & Communications Director, West Virginia Secretary of State

  • Mr. Norman Bristol Colón, Director of Special Projects, Pennsylvania Secretary of State

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Hon. Paul Pate, Secretary of State, Iowa