Highlights from the NASS 2015 Winter Conference

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2015

Washington, DC - Thirty-four Secretaries of State gathered in Washington, DC for this year's annual winter meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), held February 10 through February 13.  The four-day event focused on policy issues and programs of mutual interest to state members, as well as federal-state relations.  

Highlights from the meeting include the following:

National Officers:  The NASS Executive Board will select a replacement for NASS President Kate Brown of Oregon, who will be sworn into office as Governor on February 18. The new president of the association, who must be selected from the remaining Democratic Executive Board members according to association bylaws, will serve through July 2015.

President:  TBD
President-elect:  Hon. Tom Schedler, Louisiana
Immediate Past President:  Hon. Tre Hargett, Tennessee
Treasurer:  Hon. Denise Merrill, Connecticut
Secretary:  Hon. Jim Condos, Vermont
Eastern Region Vice-President:  Hon. Matt Dunlap, Maine
Southern Region Vice-President:  Hon. Elaine Marshall, North Carolina
Midwestern Region Vice-President: Hon. Connie Lawson, Indiana
Western Region Vice-President: Hon. Kim Wyman, Washington
Member-at-Large (ACR Section):  Hon. Jeff Bullock, Delaware
Member-at-Large (NPA Section): Hon. Mark Martin, Arkansas

More here

Resolutions:  The following policy resolutions were approved at this meeting:

  • NASS Resolution Affirming the Conduct of Elections in a Nonpartisan Manner (02/13/15)
  • NASS Open Letter to Members of Congress (02/13/15)
  • NASS Resolution Establishing September as National Voter Registration Month(02/13/15)
  • NASS Resolution Urging Political Parties to Boost Participation by Military & Overseas Voters in the Presidential Selection Process (02/13/15)

State Policymaking & Info-Sharing:  Meeting sessions focused on state policymaking and election initiatives for 2015, including:

  • Post-Election Recap: Trends & Takeaways from the November 2014 Midterms
  • Aiming for an Active Electorate:  A Discussion on State Voter Registration Efforts
  • State Priorities in Preparing for the 2016 Election Cycle
  • State of the States 2015
  • Trends & Issues Impacting State Business Climates and Business Opportunities

Conference presentations are available to NASS members in the DC Connection section of the NASS website:

Workshops/Speakers:  Conference speakers represented a diverse array of public and private sector entities, including: Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, Council of State Governments, Democracy Fund, Federal Bureau of Investigation, House and Senate Committees, Kiplinger, National Association of Attorneys General, National Conference of State Legislatures, Politifact, University of Minnesota Program for Excellence in Election Administration and White House National Security Council.

To see full conference agenda, click HERE.

2014 Margaret Chase Smith Award:

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson presented Paul F. Caranci with the 2014 NASS Margaret Chase Smith Award for political courage.  Caranci, a former Rhode Island Deputy Secretary of State, was honored for stepping forward and voluntarily working with the FBI and other law enforcement entities to exposepublic corruption and bribery schemes that were masterminded by three of his fellow town councilmen in North Providence, Rhode Island. Becoming the FBI's "confidential source #1" placed Caranci’s own political career and personal safety at great risk, particularly once news of his cooperation with federal law enforcement became public.

2015 NASS IDEAS Award:  The following member offices were recognized as national finalists for the fourth annual NASS IDEAS Award

  • Colorado Secretary of State – Business Intelligence Center/Go Code Colorado
  • South Dakota Secretary of State – Innovative Overseas Absentee – Balloting System (iOASIS)
  • Tennessee Secretary of State - Tennessee State Heritage Project  
  • Washington Secretary of State – Washington State Library/Microsoft IT Academy

Corporate Affiliate White Papers:  Each year, NASS corporate affiliate members are asked to submit white papers that showcase their valuable expertise to members. 

  • Missouri UOCAVA Ballot Deliver and Return (Democracy Live)
  • ICANN gTLD Process (DOT Registry)
  • SAAS and COTS Devices (Everyone Counts)
  • Navigating Change: Considerations and Resources for Election Leaders 
    (Hart InterCivic)
  • E-Pollbooks and Security (KNOWiNK)
  • Online Voting Readiness (Konnech)
  • Transparent Privacy in Corporate Filing (Northwest Registered Agent)

Follow NASS on Twitter: @NASSorg.  Conference hashtag: #NASScon. 

View conference photos on the NASS Facebook page by clicking here.


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