For Immediate Release — March 7, 2022 — Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) held a Virtual Winter Conference February 28 - March 2, 2022. A bipartisan group of 34 Secretaries of State and Lieutenant Governors, along with nearly 300 senior state government staff, federal, nonprofit and private sector representatives attended the online sessions.
On March 1, NASS was pleased to have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas join the conference to deliver remarks on the department’s ongoing commitment to supporting election cybersecurity and infrastructure. Also during the session, NASS President-elect and New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way was able to discuss relevant issues facing Chief Election Officials with Mayorkas. View a recording of the session here and a copy of his remarks here.
Conference Sessions – Several open sessions of the conference were recorded and have been posted to the NASS conference page:
*Business Services Committee
*Fireside Chat with Hon. Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security
*Workshop - Cybersecurity Tools & Resources for Small Businesses
*Workshop - There's No Place Like Home - National Association of Confidential Address Programs Presentation & State Shared Practices
The full conference agenda is available here, which includes speakers, organizations and presentations.
Resolutions - The following NASS policy resolutions were approved by member vote on March 2 during the NASS Business Meeting:
*NASS Approach to Federal Legislation
*NASS Resolution on Expanded Voting Procedures for Emergency Responders
*NASS Resolution Supporting National Voter Registration Day
National Awards -
IDEAS Award Finalists – The three finalists for the NASS IDEAS Award recognizing innovation and excellence in state programming were announced:
*Colorado - Rapid Response Election Security Cyber Unit (RESCU)
*Iowa - The Voting Accessibility Quick Check Guide
*Louisiana - Operation Geaux Vote
Representatives for each of the finalists will be invited to showcase their state’s program during the upcoming NASS 2022 Summer Conference. NASS members will select the national honoree from among the finalists and the recipient office will be presented with the award during the conference.
NASS John Lewis Youth Leadership Award – This award aims to honor the impact of the extraordinary accomplishments of Congressman John Lewis that have inspired America’s young leaders to do great things for their communities. View a video highlighting the 2021 recipients from across the country here.
Corporate Affiliate White Papers - Each year, NASS corporate affiliates submit white papers showcasing their expertise:
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