MONTGOMERY, AL - Secretary of State Beth Chapman was unanimously elected by her peers from across the nation as President Elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). Chapman has served on the national board of directors since 2009 and has held leadership positions on several committees. Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest bipartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States.
Chapman was elected at the annual NASS conference in Providence, Rhode Island where the organization is spotlighting Military and Overseas Voters, a cause Chapman has championed for years.
"I am proud to represent Alabama in the national elections arena as an officer of such a historic organization," Chapman said. "It is even more special for me to be sworn in on Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Day because it is a cause so near to my heart and so pronounced in my administration."
At the conference, NASS convened the largest and most diverse group of high-ranking government, military and private sector representatives in recent history to discuss voting innovations for members of the U.S. military and civilians living abroad. More than 100 participants representing all levels of government and all branches of the U.S. military are focused on federal and state government outreach efforts and tools related to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. The MOVE Act focuses closely on technology to enhance the absentee balloting process.
Conference sessions were designed to highlight the work of federal and state election officials, federal agency representatives, military and civilian voting assistance officers, members of Congress, and voter outreach groups. The Federal Voting Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Voting Rights section of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission are all participating at this year's conference.
Featured speakers included Rear Admiral James P. Wisecup, President of the U.S. Naval War College, and the Honorable Greg Casey, President and CEO of BIPAC, the nation's oldest business PAC representing many major U.S. companies with employees working and living overseas.