National organizations vote to merge

There’s something sort of meta about two elections organizations holding an election to determine whether or not to merge their organizations.

But that’s what happened recently when the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elections Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT) and the National Association County Recorders, Elections Officials and Clerks (NACRC) voted to merge their two organizations.

“This will help our industry and allow us to not only pool our resources, but more importantly to expand our reach,” said Neal Kelley, outgoing president of NACRC and Orange County, California registrar of voters. “I see a "snowball" effect – individuals who may have been sitting on the sidelines will now potentially join an organization that has the potential to really become a much stronger voice on the national stage — among legislators, civic groups, advocates, etc..”

Talks of the merger began more than two years ago and after the late June vote and more than another year of coordination and planning, there will be one organization representing almost all of the local elections officials in the county.

“Although there were previous discussion before, it was not until Neal and I became Presidents last year, we are friends and have great respect for one another,” said Michel Winn, president of IACREOT and director of elections in Travis County, Texas. “I think we both had the patience and temperament to deal with the rigors of discussions and keep people focused on the facts of why it was a good idea to try to do.” Read More…