For Immediate Release — August 17, 2021 — Washington, D.C. — Eight Chief Election Official members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) came together to form the Task Force on Vote Verification to discuss the critical issue of post-election audits.
The bipartisan group developed six recommendations for states to consider, which can be found here. These recommendations were approved by the full NASS membership on August 16 during the 2021 NASS Summer Conference.
NASS President and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, and NASS Immediate-past President and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver co-chaired the task force.
“With many NASS members serving as their state’s Chief Election Official, we know firsthand the importance of expertly conducting and overseeing credible, transparent and accurate post-election audits. We are proud of the bipartisan work the task force was able to accomplish by developing nonpartisan recommendations for states to take into consideration when evaluating their post-election audit processes and procedures. It is our hope this will make a positive impact within the election community and beyond,” Ardoin and Toulouse Oliver stated jointly.
The other members of the task force included: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, and Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan.
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