Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant was appointed co-chair of the Standing Committee on Voter Participation at the summer conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) this weekend in Minneapolis, MN.
The new NASS president, Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R-Kentucky), appointed Tennant to the co-chair position along with Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R-Arizona).
There are nine other standing committees as part of NASS leadership. Grayson appointed a secretary from each political party to serve as co-chair for each committee.
Some of the responsibilities of the Voter Participation Committee are reviewing NASS partnerships with voter outreach groups and improving communication between states regarding voting practices.
“It is a great honor to be appointed to this position,” Tennant said. “It’s going to be an exciting year working with Secretary Grayson and Secretary Bennett, especially because it’s improving voter participation, which is a major focus of my office. With some of the legislation being passed this year in West Virginia, like satellite precincts and early voting by mail, voter participation is going to be very high on my list of priorities.”
Tennant is not the first West Virginia Secretary of State to serve in a leadership role in NASS. Stuart Reed, who served as West Virginia Secretary of State from 1909-1917, was the first president of NASS from 1915-1917.
Tennant and several members of her staff returned Monday from the NASS summer conference, where the focus was on more than discussing issues facing secretaries of state. It was also a learning experience and fact-finding mission, as West Virginia will host the 2011 NASS summer conference at Glade Spring Resort in Raleigh County.