Statement from National Association of Secretaries of State on Election Integrity

For Immediate Release
October 18, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) today released the following statement regarding election integrity:

The members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) cannot allow unsubstantiated claims calling into question the systemic integrity of the election process to shake voter confidence or disrupt voting in the run-up to Election Day on November 8th. With concerns about “rigging” and “hacking” elections permeating media coverage of the presidential campaigns, state election chiefs want to assure Americans that our process is fairly administered and well-secured, with built-in structural safeguards to ensure honest outcomes and accurate results.  

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Reporting Election Problems/Irregularities: Election officials treat allegations of fraud and election rigging – as well as voter disenfranchisement and intimidation – with the utmost seriousness. Specific instances of impropriety should be immediately reported, so that credible claims can be shared with proper authorities under law, including investigative agencies and law enforcement personnel.

State Voter Hotlines for the November 2016 General Election

Upholding Rules for Poll Watchers/Voter Challenges: Election officials can answer questions about guidelines for poll watchers and those wishing to make voter challenges under law. Election officials must uphold these laws to ensure that voters do not experience any harassment or intimidation while casting a ballot.

State Laws on Authorized Poll Watchers & Voter Challenges

Getting Involved as a Poll Worker: Election officials welcome questions about how the process works and encourage citizen participation. There are a range of options for getting more involved – including becoming a poll worker.

The nation’s Secretaries of State have an ethical mandate and a conscientious duty to deliver a voting process that is not only fair and secure, but also accurate and accessible. Voters must have no doubt that their votes – and votes alone – will determine the next President of the United States this November. 



Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to the 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy.


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