Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar has been appointed co-chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State's Elections Committee.
Paul Pate, Iowa secretary of state and NASS president, appointed Secretary Boockvar and West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner to co-chair the committee.
"I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with colleagues across the country to share best practices and provide the most secure and accessible elections to eligible voters in Pennsylvania and nationwide," Secretary Boockvar said. "The issues surrounding security have made election administration more challenging and complex than ever, and I am proud to partner with Secretary Warner to lead this critical bipartisan collaboration."
The NASS Elections Committee serves to inform NASS members about policies and practices related to election administration at both the state and federal level. This includes tracking proposed federal legislation and election reform proposals and following the activities of relevant federal agencies and congressional committees. The committee also provides a forum for members to discuss strategies for facilitating voter participation and share innovative practices on voter education and outreach.
"I am looking forward to working with Secretary Boockvar on the important issues elections officials face across the nation," Secretary Warner said. "I am honored to partner with her as co-chair of the NASS Elections Committee to guide this association of bipartisan State Election Officials, each in their unique election administration situations, to secure and administer accurate and fair elections in all 50 states and territories."
As co-chair of the committee, Secretary Boockvar also will become a NASS representative to the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC). The EIS-GCC also includes members from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of State Election Directors, the Election Center and the International Association of Government Officials. The EIS-GCC is the first of its kind collaboration between federal, state, and local officials to secure elections, formalizing information sharing protocols to ensure that timely threat information, support, and resources reach all election officials so they can respond to threats as they emerge.
Secretary Boockvar was appointed acting secretary of the commonwealth on January 5. She is an attorney with an extensive background in public interest law and policy, election administration, and nonprofit healthcare administration, and has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Most recently, she served as senior adviser to the governor on election modernization, leading and managing initiatives to improve security and technology in Pennsylvania's elections and voting systems, in collaboration with federal, state, and county officials.
Founded in 1904, NASS is the nation's oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials.
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