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NASS Publishes Seven Simple Steps To Voting In 2006 PDF  | Print |  Email
By NASS Press Release   
September 06, 2006
NASS Website Offers Tips to Make Voting Easy

Eligible voters across the United States can click their way to a worry-free Election Day this year thanks to a Web site that provides all of the information voters need to cast their ballots in 2006. Voters who log on to will find a step-by-step guide to voting and an abundance of voter resources, including links to online voter registration lookup tools and polling place locators and an interactive directory of election officials.

The Can I Vote? site was created by the National Association of Secretaries of State to help make voting easy by outlining seven simple steps for voters to follow:

STEP ONE: Find out if You’re Registered. Most states stop registering voters in October so that they have time to process the applications before Election Day. If you haven’t registered to vote yet, contact your local election official to register today. Even if you think you’ve already registered, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your records are up-todate. Check for a list of states that offer online voter registration lookup tools.

STEP TWO: Locate your Polling Place. Next, you'll need to know where to go to cast your ballot. Many states, counties and cities offer online services that match your address to the correct voting location. You’ll find links to polling place locators on Your local election official can also tell you where to find your polling place.
NASS Launches National Voter Education Campaign PDF  | Print |  Email
By National Association of Secretaries of State   
August 15, 2006 Offers An Online Step-By-Step Guide To Voting In All 50 States


The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) today launched the first-ever national voter education campaign to provide eligible voters from all 50 states with the information they need to cast their ballots in 2006 – all on one Web site. The campaign’s centerpiece,, is a one-stop shop that provides voters with step-bystep instructions for voting no matter where in the United States they live.


The Can I Vote? Campaign is designed to help answer the two questions voters most often asked in 2004, according to data collected by the Election Protection hotline: “Am I registered to vote?” and “Where is my polling place?”


"Now, instead of having to search the Internet for voting information, voters can just visit one Web site to find links to all of the information they’ll need to prepare themselves for the 2006 elections,” said NASS President and Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz (pictured at right). “Who better than the nation’s chief state election officials to provide answers to voters’ questions and to make voting as simple as possible?”


The Campaign Web site provides links to online voter registration lookup tools and polling place locators on state and local Web sites. It also includes an interactive directory of local election officials. The Campaign and its Web site will also provide additional information voters need, including the voter registration deadlines and polling place hours for every state and each state's voter identification requirements.

McPherson Announces Proposal at NASS Conference PDF  | Print |  Email
By Joseph Hall, Univeristy of California, Berkeley   
July 23, 2006

The following response to Proposals presnted by California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson at the recent meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State was posted on Joseph Hall's Not Quite A Blog. It is reposted here with permission of the author.


California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson outlined a three-part plan in a recent speech to the National Association of Secretaries of State (See: "California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson Outlines Proposals to Enhance the Security, Reliability and Accessibility of Voting Systems Nationwide"). He called for more cooperation between states and the EAC in federal certification, for the EAC to make progress in their HAVA-mandated R&D programs and for a new configuration in the process of paying federal testing laboratories that conduct the federal certification process:

Secretary McPherson outlined the following three proposals in an effort to engage his partners nationwide in the improvement of the voting system certification process:


First, Secretary McPherson outlined a proposal to enhance voting system security and reliability. The proposal would call on the states to join with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to develop a national program to conduct a comprehensive risk analysis of voting systems as part of the federal certification process. This would enhance the already rigorous security tests that are currently done, and create a program to conduct exhaustive examinations of all potential security risks and solutions prior to system certification.

New Mexico Governor Richardson Exhorts Secretaries of State To Adopt Paper Ballot Voting Systems PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
July 12, 2006
As keynote speaker for at a joint luncheon of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (pictured at right) called on election officials to adopt a paper ballot optical scan voting system.

"I never want an American to leave a polling place again wondering if his or her vote will count," Richardson said. "The hallmark of American democracy is one person, one vote. I strongly believe that the best way to make sure those votes count is to switch to one statewide paper ballot system as we have done in New Mexico."

Earlier this year, Richardson sent a letter to the election administrators of all 50 states urging them to follow New Mexico’s lead. In that letter he wrote:
Some believe that computer touch screen machines are the future of electoral systems, but the technology simply fails to pass the test of reliability. As anyone who uses one can attest, computers break down, get viruses, lose information, and corrupt data. We know this to be the case, and so we back-up our files to ensure nothing important is lost.  Paper ballots serve as the ultimate back-up for our elections, providing secure and permanent verification of the will of the people.

New Mexico has chosen paper ballots as the best system to secure our election process.  With the new system in place, future elections will be secure, honest, and verifiable.  Every vote will count and the citizens of our state will know that their government belongs to them.
After attracting national scrutiny after the 2004 General Election, the New Mexico legislature passed sweeping election reform legislation in 2005 that required a voter verified paper record of every vote and a mandatory random manual audit. This year, Governor Richardson successfully promoted legislation that mandated a statewide paper ballot optical scan voting system.

Beyond the benefits of accountability and verifiability, Richardson pointed out to the assembled election administrators the cost benefits of a paper ballot system.

NASS Presents Freedom Award To Lyndon Johnson PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
July 10, 2006
At their summer meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) today presented the NASS Freedom Award posthumously to former U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson in recognition of his leadership in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The NASS Freedom Award recognizes individual who have made significant contributions to the democratic process in the United States. The award was accepted on behalf of the Johnson family by Diana Taylor MacArthur, President Johnson’s niece who read from a letter written by Johnson’s widow, former First Lady Laybird Johnson.

The timing of the award presentation is particularly appropriate as Congressional hearings are planned for this week on the renewal of some provisions of the Voting Rights Act that are set for expiration in 2007.

NASS President and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed nominated Johnson for the award.  In his remarks at the presentation ceremony, Secretary Reed voiced admiration for the former President’s political courage in promoting the Voting Rights Act.

“President Lyndon Johnson convinced Congress to adopt historic legislation that changed the lives and future of minority American citizens,” said Reed. “He is a hero of the civil rights movement who helped ensure that every American, regardless of skin color, could exercize the right to vote.”
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