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. Michael Watson, MS, receiving the 2023 NASS IDEAS Award during the 2023 Summer Conference in Washington, DC. 
Photo credit: Philip Smith, 1L Photo

2023 IDEAS Finalists

Iowa - Businesses Against Trafficking
Minnesota - American Sign Language Voter Information
Mississippi - Tackle the Tape


IDEAS Award Recipients

2023: Office of the Mississippi Secretary of State, Tackle the Tape

2022: Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State, Operation Geaux Vote

2021: Office of the Michigan Secretary of State, Democracy is a Team Sport: Forging Active Partnerships Between Election Officials and Major League Sports

2020: Office of the California Secretary of State, VoteSure: A Public Education Campaign Encouraging Voters to be Vigilant of Election Misinformation

2019: Office of the Iowa Secretary of State, Partnerships Pay Dividends: A Roadmap to Election Cybersecurity

2018: Office of the California Secretary of State, Digital Archives: A Public-Private Partnership with Google

2017: Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State, Gov2Go App

2016: Office of the West Virginia Secretary of State, BIG Map

2015: Office of the Colorado Secretary of State, Business Intelligence Center/Go Code Colorado

2014: Office of the Colorado Secretary of State, Colorado eLearning Program

2013: Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State, GeauxVote Mobile Program

2012: Office of the Nebraska Secretary of State, Online Rules Tracking Application

Nomination & Selection Information

The NASS Executive Board reviews and evaluates all eligible submissions for the award. The committee may select up to four finalists, with the final award recipient chosen by a vote of the full NASS membership