Policy and Elections Technology: A Legislative Perspective

Santa Fe | June 3-5, 2015

New Mexico's capitol buildingNCSL's conference, Policy and Elections Technology: A Legislative Perspective, brings together legislators, legislative staff, election officials, voting technologists, computer security experts, legal experts, advocates, federal agency staff and other interested parties to discuss the future of elections technology. 

For policymakers who are new to elections tech, early sessions will provide a short history of voting technology and a "voting technology 101" primer.

After that it's a quick dive into state-of-the-art tools for voting and election management, a peek at future options and details on 2015's hot legislative topics such as the secure development of online voter registration and electronic poll books.

At all points, the focus will be on the role legislators play in determining how their states vote. 

In addition to a robust discussion on elections policy, participants can look forward to enjoying all that downtown Santa Fe has to offer—we’ll visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, offer tours of the excellent New Mexico Capitol art collection and tour a local elections office to experience first-hand how elections are run. The conference venue is just blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Loretto Chapel and its “miraculous staircase” and the Palace of the Governors, the oldest government building in the country. See a full preliminary agenda here.

If You Are Interested In This Conference, You May Also Be Interested In...

NCSL's webinar, Linking Driving Records to Voting Records, recorded on May 1. There is no fee for viewing the archived recording. Contact Wendy Underhill at 303-364-7700.

The U.S. Vote Foundation's Future of Voting event, an interactive presentation and workshop about verifiable Internet voting. It is the culmination of a research-based approach to the unanswered question of whether remote absentee voting can be conducted securely online, with an emphasis on a form of remote voting that may provide "end to end verifiability."  Santa Fe, June 3, Drury Plaza Hotel, prior to NCSL's Policy and Elections Technology: A Legislative Perspective meeting. Contact: Roman Montoya, romontoya@bernco.gov, 505-252-1845.



Registration InformationRegister Online Here

Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is May 27.

Registration fees are:

  • Legislators and legislative staff: $0
  • Spouse/guest: $150
  • Daily rate: $150
  • Foundation sponsors: $400
  • All others: $450

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $150 guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Onsite RegistrationIf you can't make the  registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at The Drury Plaza Hotel beginning June 3.

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by June 2, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.


Hotel Information

Hotel InformationThe conference will be headquartered at the Drury Plaza Hotel, with some sessions or events  held at other locations, including the state capitol. The Drury Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of Santa Fe, two blocks from historic Santa Fe Plaza and within walking distance of the State Capitol. Please make your hotel reservations by May 18 (deadline extended!) After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL Policy and Elections conference group rate (group code 2227624) to receive the negotiated rate of $94 per night (+ tax). 

A block of rooms has been reserved at: 

Drury Plaza Hotel                                                                                             
828 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501                                                      
1-800-DRURYINN (1-800-378-7946)                                                                
Please use group code 2227624

Book your room

Travel Information

Travel InformationSanta Fe is served by the Albuquerque International Sunport Airport and the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. The Drury Plaza Hotel is approximately 67 miles from the Albuquerque International Sunport Airport and 12 miles from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. Most travelers fly to Albuquerque and take a shuttle, train or rental car to Santa Fe.

Ground transportation
The Albuquerque airport provides the following information about shuttle service between Albuquerque and Santa Fe: 

Sandia Shuttle Express
Telephone: (505) 242-0302 or (888) 775-5696 (toll free)
Shuttle between Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe. The Sandia  Shuttle Express has 30 trips daily with pick-up and drop-off at all hotels.

RoadRunner Shuttle & Charter
Telephone: (505) 424-3367
Daily Door to Door Shared Ride Shuttle and Private Ride Charters from the  Albuquerque International Sunport to  Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola and  Surrounding Areas.

New Mexico Rail Runner Express also has train service from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, with shuttles connecting the airport and train station.


If you need assistance booking air travel:
Christopherson Travel, 800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs

To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Katy Owens Hubler at 303-856-1656, of any special accommodations you may require.

General Information
Please bring comfortable shoes for the walks from the hotels and to the Capitol.

Temperatures in Santa Fe can be in the 70s and 80s in June. However evenings and meeting rooms may be cool, so sweaters and jackets are recommended.

The conference will include tours and briefings at the New Mexico State Capitol. Read more about the Capitol building in "A Roundhouse of Art," from NCSL's Oct./Nov. 2012 State Legislatures magazine.

The agenda also includes a reception and tour at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

City Information
The official travel site of Santa Fe calls the city "a magical, exuberant, colorful journey at any time of year." Santa Fe is also the oldest capital city in the United States. Santa Fe's galleries, museums, shopping and restaurants reflect the multicultural character of the city.