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Nevada Program Recognized for Innovation, Excellence in Service by National Association of Secretaries of State
Four Secretary of State offices acknowledged for creating original programs or systems that help constituents during first-ever IDEAS Awards
Posted Date: 7/18/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Lu 
             (702) 486-6982 / 334-7953 
             clu@sos.nv.gov  


(Carson City, NV; July 18, 2012) -- The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) honors Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s Election Integrity Task Force (EITF) program as a finalist for its first annual IDEAS Award, which recognizes innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in service in state member programming that contributes to the mission of NASS.

“This inaugural group of NASS IDEAS Award honorees represents the best in quality programming and services that are offered by Secretary of State offices throughout the nation, while also highlighting the diversity of functions within each member office,” said outgoing NASS President Beth Chapman of Alabama. “We had a tremendous amount of member interest in this award, and we are grateful to Nebraska and all of the other state member offices that have pioneered the great ideas that will fuel this popular new awards program.”

The EITF is a multi-jurisdictional partnership created by the Office of the Nevada Secretary of State in 2008 to target and deal with or eliminate election fraud, voter intimidation and other election-related violations. Since its formation, the EITF has investigated several cases of election abuse, one that led to a guilty plea by national organization Association of Community Organization for Reform Now, Inc. (ACORN)

“As the chief elections officer of our state, I created the Election Integrity Task Force to ensure all Nevadans are treated to secure and transparent elections,” said Secretary Miller. “Nevada is privileged to be among the company of other Secretary of State offices that are recognized for exceptional service to our constituents.”

The Office of the Nebraska Secretary of State won the first-ever IDEAS Award for its creation of a state tracking and email notification system for proposed rules/regulations, a cross-agency application that has yielded significant results in government economy through operational time savings in many areas.

NASS members voted for the winner and finalists of the IDEAS Awards. Secretary of State offices in Delaware and North Carolina were also recognized for their national finalist submissions.

Delaware's IDEAS Award finalist submission highlighted the Secretary of State's popular YouTube video series entitled, "Going Inside the Delaware Archives," which was designed to educate the public about the state archives and its important cultural and historical holdings.

North Carolina's IDEAS Award finalist submission focused on the Secretary of State's cutting-edge electronic commerce initiative, which has advanced the use of electronic signatures, electronic notarization and electronic recording by all entities conducting business in the state.

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. 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 and digital archiving, as well as several well-established awards programs.

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