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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…


Feb 17, 2011

Overseas News: Lawmakers: Must troops sue for voting rights?

California: Bill would allow Californians to register online  |  Surprises loom as election debate picks up steam

Colorado: November ballots go through the mail

Guam: Lawmakers ponder possibility of repealing early voting

Hawaii: Instant runoff voting gains traction in Hawaii

Indiana: Grand jury probing vote by White  |  No charges filed in ballot probe

Kansas: Election commissioner forming study committee for voting places

Louisiana: Rep. Walker Hines plans to run for secretary of state

Maine: Bill would require voters to show ID at polls  |  Lawmakers considering bill that would require change in election rules

Maryland: Counties ask for more early voting sites

Nebraska: Vote by mail election gets an 'aye'

New Mexico: Committee vote on voter ID bill postponed  |  Voter ID bill unlikely to pass  |  Feds halt purge of 60K voters

New York: Villages prefer reliable older lever voting machines  |  Croton voters asked to move elections to November

North Carolina: Requiring voter ID: Good or bad for democracy?  |  Opponents speak out against voter ID  |  FSU students lobby against voter ID

Oklahoma: Bill's passage would help military voters

South Carolina: 1,127 voters not counted in Richland in November

Tennessee: Rutherford County elections administrator steps down  |  Walker resigns from post as administrator of elections  | County receives bill for election commission audit

Texas: Commissioners introduce new elections administrator

Virginia: Judge's ruling expands access to Virginian's voting records

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