Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz
Indianapolis, IN - This weekend, Secretary of State Todd Rokita will meet with other members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Executive Board in Washington, D.C. as part of the NASS Winter Conference. Rokita, who currently serves as Treasurer, is in line to become the Association's president in 2007.
Rokita and his fellow Secretaries of State will take part in discussions addressing a variety of issues ranging from securities and business service issues to increasing voter participation and the impact of the federally mandated "REAL ID" act on the states. Rokita and his staff will also take part in a full day of sessions dealing with the implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in the states.
"Having beaten the federal HAVA deadlines for the creation and implementation of our new statewide voter file, Indiana will have much to share with other states on how we accomplished this feat." Rokita said. "We hope to not only offer our assistance to states striving to meet this goal, but to learn how to best utilize the new technology available to Hoosier voters in coming elections."
As Treasurer of the NASS Executive Board, Rokita's duties include handling the organization's finances and joining other Board members in the handling of general management and control of the business and direction of the Association. NASS is the nation's oldest professional, non-partisan organization of public officials and represents members from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Secretary Rokita attended the NASS Summer Conference in July and presented Indiana's highly regarded provisional ballot voting plan as a national model.
Last February, Secretary Rokita was elected to serve on the national nine-member Executive Board of the Federal Election Assistance Commission Standards Board. Rokita and the other members of the Board are charged with assisting the Election Assistance Commission in reviewing voting system guidelines and best practices recommendations for facilitating military and overseas voting.