The National Association of Secretaries of State has handed South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant some nice résumé filler with an appointment to co-chair its Committee on Elections.
NASS could have done South Dakota a favor and ordered Secretary Gant to sit in on meetings of its Notary Public Administrators Section, since Secretary Gant is unclear on his own notary public laws. Interestingly, the NPAS has no South Dakota members.
But surely as Secretary Gant assumes this position, NASS will ask that he review the organization's constitution, which says that NASS commit to the following ethical standards:
- Adhering to the highest standards of excellence that will nurture and maintain the public trust;
- Placing loyalty to state and federal constitutions, the law, and ethical principles above private or political gain; and
- For those Secretaries of State who serve as their state's chief elections official, practicing fair and unbiased election administration that recognizes each eligible citizen's right to cast his or her vote, and for that vote to be counted with the highest regard to constitutional foundations.
Good luck with the new sinecure, Secretary Gant! Let us know if you learn anything.