PROVIDENCE, RI – Rear Adm. Phil Wisecup, President of the Naval War College, spoke at the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) annual summer meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, July 20.
The conference 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 focused on federal and state government outreach efforts and tools related to the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which focuses closely on technology to enhance the absentee balloting process.
“This is a history-making effort to coordinate voter education and outreach efforts in order to enfranchise as many as six and a half million potential voters, many of whom are serving our nation in military or diplomatic service,” said NASS President Trey Grayson of Kentucky, whose term as head of the association concluded July 20. “As chief state election officials, we are working vigorously to make it easier for military and overseas civilians to register to vote and cast their ballots this November.”
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 U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program, the U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Section, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission participated.
All five branches of the U.S. military were represented. Featured speakers included Wisecup 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.