Showing posts tagged with: "Secretary of State"

40 Secretaries of State #CelebrateNVRD in 2015 . November 6, 2015

In 2015, 40 Secretaries of State and state election offices promoted voter registration by endorsing National Voter Registration Day and National Voter Registration Month. See the full story below or open it in a new tab. [View the story “Secretaries of State #CelebrateNVRD in 2015” on Storify] read more

Oregon SOS to Push for Universal Voter Registration . January 21, 2015

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is proposing a bill that would add an estimated 300,000 voters to the state’s registry and eventually create one of the most complete voter rolls in the country. Under the law, eligible voters would be registered automatically by the state using records the DMV has on file. There would still be an option to opt... read more

New Secretaries of State Consider Election Changes . January 8, 2015

Last year, 24 states elected their top elections official. Swearing ins have begun in earnest, and many new secretaries of state have already outlined their plans for improving elections. In California, Secretary Alex Padilla is asking for input on how to #BoostTheVote and increase voter participation, noting that “the best ideas often come from... read more

Secretaries of State #CelebrateNVRD in 2014 . September 30, 2014

In 2014, 33 Secretaries of State (or their relevant counterparts) promoted voter registration by endorsing National Voter Registration Day and National Voter Registration Month. See the full story below or open it in a new tab. [View the story “Secretaries of State #CelebrateNVRD in 2014” on Storify] read more

Secretaries of State Embrace National Voter Registration Day . September 26, 2013

Not only did the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) declare September National Voter Registration Month, but they once again endorsed National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). On Tuesday September 24th, more than a dozen secretaries of state participated in the second annual National Voter Registration Day by promoting voter registration,... read more

Registration Improvements for California Voters . August 24, 2012

California is poised to become the newest Election Day Registration (EDR) state. Currently, Californians must be registered two weeks ahead of Election Day, but under a new bill eligible voters would be allowed to register up to and on Election Day. If Governor Brown signs the bill, California will join ten other states and the District of Columbia... read more

How Technology is Transforming Elections . December 6, 2011

As last week’s webinar showed, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2012 election. In preparing for next year, many elections officials will utilize a variety of new voting technologies. Technology will impact voter registration, voter information, the voting experience itself, and administrative practices—like how ballots... read more

Happy Thanksgiving! . November 23, 2011

In honor of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share just a few of the many things Nonprofit VOTE is grateful for this year. We’re thankful for… Our amazing network of state and national partners and their commitment to expanding nonprofit voter engagement among their affiliates. Election Day Registration because it ensures that everyone who wants... read more

Connecticut Looks to Improve Elections . September 30, 2011

Last week we cheered California legislators who passed laws that will make it easier to register to vote. Now we want to shine a spotlight on the other coast. In Connecticut, Secretary of State Denise Merrill is looking to build support for election improvements that would incorporate technology and cut costs. She wants to create a more “centralized”... read more

Connecticut Seeks to Improve Elections . July 22, 2011

Great news: Connecticut is looking for ways to improve and update their election systems! Earlier this week, Secretary of State Denise Merrill convened an Election Performance Task Force to review Connecticut’s election system and recommend improvements. Members of the task force include Secretary Merrill and her deputy, town clerks, representatives... read more

The Top 5 State Voter Information Websites . May 26, 2011

Earlier this week we talked about what states are (or aren’t) doing to make voting information more accessible online. To that end, we have reviewed each state’s voter information site and picked our favorites based on clarity, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. The best sites let users register online, check their registration status,... read more

State Voter Information Pages: The Good, the Bad and the Outdated . May 24, 2011

We recently took stock of each state’s official voter information page in an effort to find out what states are doing to increase voter participation. While every state site offers some information to voters, there are huge disparities in the content and quality of that information. Some sites offer conveniences like online voter registration... read more

Michigan Registers New Citizens . May 18, 2011

On May 11 in Dearborn, Michigan, the U.S. welcomed a new cohort of citizens into the American family. Representatives from the Secretary of State’s office staffed an on-site voter registration table, allowing newly naturalized citizens to register following the ceremony. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said “I encourage [Michigan’s... read more