National Association of Secretaries of State Announces New Advisory Appointments

Secretaries of State Join Advisory Bodies forCouncil of State Governments, National Voter Registration Day and Uniform Law Commission

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the nation's oldest, nonpartisan professional association representing state officials, today announced member appointments to three national organizations.

"I am pleased to welcome my colleagues to their advisory board positions, where I am sure they will make a significant contribution," said NASS President Tom Schedler, who serves as Louisiana Secretary of State. "These organizations play an important role in state government policymaking and public engagement, and we know our members will capably advise their stakeholders on the policies and perspectives of secretary of state offices throughout the nation."

The NASS advisory appointments include the following:

Council of State Governments

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Pedro Cortés and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett will join the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG).

Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments is a region-based forum serving all three branches of state government. The organization fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.

NASS has a longstanding relationship with CSG dating back to 1935, including member participation in the Henry Toll Fellows Program for leadership development.

National Voter Registration Day

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will serve as members of the Steering Committee for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). 

Supported by NASS and a coalition of nonprofit groups since the first effort in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is a day of nonpartisan outreach to help register as many eligible voters as possible and encourage citizens to make sure their voting information is up-to-date before any registration deadlines pass. 

This year, National Voter Registration Day will take place on September 22, 2015.

Uniform Law Commission

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will act as NASS Advisory Member to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The ULC provides states with model legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law.

In addition to NASS, the ULC appoints advisory members from the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and other governmental organizations/agencies of relevance.  

All appointees will serve a one-year term ending in July 2016.


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. The organization also offers two issues-based membership sections for state government professionals: Administrative Codes & Registers (ACR) and Notary Public Administrators (NPA).


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