Four States Selected as National Finalists for 2016 NASS IDEAS Award

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2016

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) announces the selection of four national finalists for the 2016 NASS IDEAS Award, which recognizes innovationdedicationexcellence and achievement in state member programming, as well as significant contributions to NASS.

Finalist results were revealed to members on February 12, during the association's annual winter meeting in Washington, DC.

The finalist programs that are to be considered for the fifth annual IDEAS Award include (in alphabetical order by state):

  • Colorado Secretary of State: Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE)
  • Montana Secretary of State: Montana Civic Engagement
  • Nevada Secretary of State: Nevada's Effective Absentee System for Elections (EASE)
  • West Virginia Secretary of State: Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map

“Each year, NASS members are asked to identify Secretary of State offices which have demonstrated measurable success through exceptional initiatives,” said NASS President Tom Scheder, who serves as Louisiana Secretary of State. “We are looking forward to showcasing these four national finalist programs at our summer conference in Nashville, where members will have the chance to hear how they promote good governance with long-term value for citizens."

Finalists for the NASS IDEAS Award are selected following a review and ranking vote by a designated group of peers. State submissions are judged according to their history, significance and effects/results.

Representatives for each of the four finalists are invited to showcase their innovative state program during a special shared practices panel at the NASS summer conference, which will take place from July 14 to July 17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

NASS members will vote to select the national honoree from among the finalists, and the recipient office will be presented with the NASS IDEAS Award during the summer event. 

For more information about the NASS IDEAS Award, click here.

About NASS

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. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. 


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