NASS 2022 Summer Conference Highlights

For Immediate Release — July 18, 2022 — Washington, D.C. — 30 Secretaries of State, one Lt. Governor, senior staff members, as well as non­profit and private sector representatives met for the 105th annual summer meeting of the National As­sociation of Secretaries of State (NASS). The conference was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 7-10. Many productive discussions took place on critical issues including election administration, cyber­security, business services and more.

On July 10, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way was sworn-in as the association’s first Afri­can American President, along with her new Executive Board. View the NASS 2022-2023 leadership release

Conference Highlights

Speaker Organizations:
Conference speakers represented a diverse array of entities, including: the Center for Internet Security, Cyber Innovation Center, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), International Trademark Association, Meta, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Department of Jus­tice, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and many more.

National Awards:

During the July 9 luncheon, the Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State received the 2022 NASS IDEAS Award, which recognizes innovation and excellence in state programming for their Operation Geaux Vote Task Force. View the release

On July 10, NASS announced it will posthumously award the 2022 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for political courage to Miguel H. Trujillo for championing Native American voting rights. Trujillo was nominated by the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State. The award will be presented at the NASS 2023 Winter Conference in Washington, D.C.

Resolutions: The following NASS policy resolutions were approved by member vote July 10:

NASS Call for the Federal Government to Recognize State Address Confidentiality Programs

*NASS Resolution Recommending that States Implement a Process for Issuing Electronic Apostilles

Corporate Affiliate White Papers: Each year, NASS corporate affiliates submit white papers show­casing their capabilities. This summer's submissions include:

Mitigating Cyber Threats: A Roadmap for Secretaries of State

*Clear Ballot: Expanding Elections and Building Confidence with Results Verification

*CT Corporation: Perfecting a Security Interest in Digital Assets Clarification is Coming

*Democracy Live: Electronic Ballot Return – Overview

*Hart InterCivic: Testing Before the Vote: Best Practices for Verifying the Integrity of Your Election

*Iron Mountain: Enhancing Citizen Trust: Privacy and Data Security is Step One

*Logically: Online Situational Awareness Helps Counter Mis/ Disinformation and Mitigate Threats

*OPEX: Digitizing the Mailroom: A Practical Guide to Scanning, Processing, and Delivery Automa­tion

*Soch: The Importance of a Clear Chain of Custody in 2022 and Beyond

*Synack: Government Agencies Deserve A Better Way To Pentest

*Voatz: Towards Creating Standards for Remote Digital Voting

*VotingApp: Closing the Accessibility Gap in Remote Voting

Announcements: For the NASS 2024 Summer Conference the membership selected Puerto Rico. Future conference dates and details as they become available are featured on our event page.

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