On Friday, the Office of Governor Sisolak and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced that Nevada was chosen, along with five other states, to participate in the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Policy Academy on Election Cybersecurity.

They say Nevada will join Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, and Virginia to work on the best practices in the security of elections in preparation for the 2020 cycle.

“I’m thrilled that Nevada was selected to participate in this important working group to ensure the security of our elections. Free and secure elections are the bedrock of a strong and healthy democracy, and by participating in this policy academy, Nevada will be able to share our successful election security practices with other states to strengthen elections nationwide.” Gov. Sisolak said.

 Secretary Cegavske had this to say:

This is an exciting opportunity for our state. Nevada already leads the way in terms of election cybersecurity efforts, and participation in this program will only enhance our systems.”

They say the goal of the policy academy is to strengthen coordination between the governor’s office, executive branch agencies, and state and local election officials.

The policy academy will offer communications strategies and will focus on developing statewide plans that address public policy challenges. 

They say they will receive technical support from the University of Southern California.

The organizations supporting this include the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors.

(The Office of Governor Steve Sisolak contributed to this report)