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NASS Conference Committee Sessions Open in Portland, Maine

National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Reports Record Attendance at Annual Summer Conference

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2015

PORTLAND, ME - The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the nation's oldest nonpartisan professional association for state government officials, kicked off its opening committee meetings today as part of the organization's national conference in Portland, Maine. The meeting will run until July 12.

This year's conference is marked by record-setting member attendance, with Secretaries of State from 32 states participating.

Conference speakers include:

  • George Mitchell, former U.S. Senatorand author of a new memoir, "The Negotiator"
  • Travis Mills, retired U.S. Army staff sergeantand founder of the Travis Mills Foundation, discussing his forthcoming book, "Tough as They Come"
  • Elaine Marshall, NASS President and North Carolina Secretary of State
  • Tom Schedler, Louisiana Secretary of State and NASS President-elect, who will be inducted into office as leader of the association on Sunday, July 12
  • Voter registration data panelfeaturing Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State; Jeanne Atkins, Oregon Secretary of State; Tim Fleming, Georgia Deputy Secretary of State; and moderated by Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State
  • IDEAS Award state innovations panel featuring Andrew Cole, Office of the ColoradoSecretary of State;Brandon Johnson,Office of the South Dakota Secretary of State; Wayne Moore, Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State and Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of State
  • David Cheever, State Archivist of Maine discussing the state's digital archiving initiatives
  • Barry Glennon, Director of the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation
  • John Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State, discussing the SEC Primary effort for the 2016 presidential election
  • Bill Gardner, New Hampshire Secretary of Statediscussing New Hampshire's restrictions on ballot "selfies" in social media
  • Susan Adams, Education Manager, New Hampshire Public Television
  • Digital learning panelfeaturing Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State; Roger J. Fuller, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder, Gryphondale Educational Services of Maine; Bette Manchester, Consultant, Gryphondale Educational Services; and moderated by Connie Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State
  • Internet voting panel featuring Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President & CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation; Joe Kiniry, Galois, Technical Advisor, End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting Project and Adam Ambrogi, Program Director, Democracy Fund Responsive Politics Program,alsodiscussing Secretary of State participation in the Knight News Challenge
  • A traveling exhibit commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, sponsored by the Maine State Archives and Maine Department of the Secretary of State and hosted by the Maine Historical Society (489 Congress Street).
  • Announcement of the recipient of this year's Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for political courage.
  • An expo hall featuring companies showcasing products and services that assist state government agencies, including the latest technology and tools

NASS Conference Online:

NASS would like to extend its gratitude to the following 2015 summer conference sponsors: 

Election Systems & Software | LexisNexis | Maine Information Network | PCC Technology Group Workgroup Technology Partners | L.L. Bean | Maine Automobile Dealers Association | Snyder's-Lance | AAA | BerryDunn | Crown Cork & Seal | ELECTEC | Konica Minolta | LHS Associates | Pierce Atwood LLP | Scytl | Systel | UNUM | AAMVA | Bangor Savings Bank | CIANBRO | IVS LLC | Maine Motor Transport Association | MSS/Verrill Dana | Mylan | Nestle/Poland Spring | Nike | Preti Flaherty | Summit Natural Gas

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. 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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Media Contact 

Kay Stimson 202.624.3528, or nass@sso.org