NACo's 2020 Annual Business Meeting

Jul. 20, 2020 , 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Though we are unable to gather in person this year, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is excited to host county leaders from across the country virtually for the 2020 NACo Annual Business Meeting on July 20 at 2 p.m. EDT, as well as a virtual membership town hall on July 13 at 4 p.m. EDT.

The 2020 NACo Annual Business Meeting as well as the membership town hall are free to all NACo members. If you had previously registered for the 2020 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition, no further action is required on your part. You will be automatically registered for both the Annual Business Meeting and membership town hall. You will still receive a full refund of your Annual Conference registration fee. Click here to learn more.

Membership Town Hall


The town hall included the 2nd Vice Presidental candidate forum, an overview of proposed bylaws amendments, a status report on voting delegate credentials totals and a federal policy update.

Membership Town Hall Agenda At-A-Glance
Welcome and Opening
Proposed Bylaws Amendments Overview
Federal Policy Update
NACo 2nd Vice President Candidates Forum
Voting Credentials Update



The virtual NACo Annual Business Meeting will include the election for 2nd Vice President and other officers, consideration of bylaws amendments and other association business. Participation is completely free for all NACo members.

If you had already registered for the conference, your registration and any voting credentials information you provided automatically rolled over to the virtual Annual Business Meeting. Your conference registration fee has been refunded, and your hotel reservations have been canceled.

Annual Business Meeting Agenda At-A-Glance
Welcome, Opening and Unveiling of NACo’s Annual Report
Parliamentarian Report
Credentials Report
Nominating Committee Report
2nd Vice President Nominating and Seconding Speeches
Voting for 2nd Vice President Begins
Davenport Presidential Scholarship Announcement
Consideration of Bylaws Amendments
Announcement of Election Results
Announcement of NACo’s New Board of Directors
New President and Officers Swearing-In
Presidential Appointments Announcement
Closing Remarks

Meet the Candidate for Second Vice President

Hon. Denise Winfrey

Interim County Executive
Will County, Ill.

Voting Credentials and Election Process

At NACo’s virtual Annual Business Meeting on July 20 at 2 p.m. EDT, NACo members will elect our 2020-2021 officers, consider bylaws amendments, review our year of collective achievements and conduct other association business. Registration for the Annual Business Meeting is free to all NACo members.

In order to vote, each county/parish/borough is required to:

  • Pay 2020 NACo membership dues, and 
  • Register a voting delegate by noon EDT on Friday, July 17, 2020. 

To facilitate the virtual voting process, we encourage each member county to authorize one voting delegate. 

During the election for NACo 2nd Vice President at the Annual Business Meeting, voting delegates and those designated as proxies, most commonly state associations, will vote simultaneously via a secure online platform.

NACo’s Reading Clerk, Tally Clerk, Credentials Committee and Parliamentarian, as needed, will monitor and verify votes as they are cast.

After voting delegates and alternates cast their votes, the Reading Clerk will announce state vote totals (e.g. State 1 casts X votes for Candidate A and Y votes for Candidate B). The vote totals will appear for everyone to see, and the Reading Clerk will announce all state totals, even after a candidate has reached a majority.

If no one from your county is available to attend the virtual Annual Business Meeting but you still want to vote, please contact to  

To learn more about the NACo election and voting eligibility, please visit Voting Credentials Frequently Asked Questions.  For any additional questions, please contact  

Frequently Asked Questions

The safety and well-being of conference participants is our top priority. In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and after much thoughtful discussion, including concerns about large gatherings, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition and proceed with a virtual Annual Business Meeting, including the election for 2nd Vice President, consideration of bylaws amendments and other association business.


Do I need to cancel my registration to receive a refund?


No. You will automatically receive a refund of your Annual Conference registration fee.


How will I receive my refund?


If your registration fee was paid by credit card, the refund will go back to the card used for payment. If you originally paid via check, a refund check will be issued automatically and mailed to the address on file. For questions about this process please email


When will I receive my refund?


Credit card refunds will begin processing this week and should post to your account in 5-7 business days. We expect check refunds to be completed within 15-20 business days due to the current stay at home orders issued for Washington D.C.


Do I need to cancel my hotel reservation?


If you made your reservation through our housing services, ConferenceDirect, no action is needed. Any hotel reservations made in this fashion will be canceled automatically. If you made your reservation directly with the hotel, you will need to cancel your reservation with them directly. If you mailed a check to the hotel for your deposit, please let us know at so we may contact the hotel on your behalf.


Who can attend the virtual Annual Business Meeting?


The Annual Business Meeting is open to anyone who wishes to register, though voting is restricted to designated delegates.


How do I register for the virtual Annual Business Meeting?


If you were already registered for the in-person NACo Annual Conference, your registration will roll over and no further action is needed on your part – you will still receive a full refund of your conference registration. If you had not previously registered for the Annual Conference, click here to register.


How do I register for the virtual Town Hall Meeting?


You can choose to register for the Annual Business Meeting, the membership Town Hall or both by clicking here to visit the registration portal. If you were previously registered for the in-person Annual Conference, someone from the events team will reach out to ask if you’d like to also attend the virtual Town Hall Meeting.


Will elections and voting on NACo bylaws amendments still take place?


Yes. Voting will take place during the virtual Annual Business Meeting. You can hear from the candidates and get an update on the bylaw amendments during the virtual Town Hall Meeting.


I'm an exhibitor, what does this event cancellation mean to me?


All exhibitor deposits will be refunded automatically. If you previously canceled and we kept a portion of your deposit, that will also be refunded. For questions, please contact Laura Dann at Corcoran Expositions.


I’m a sponsor, what does this event cancellation mean to me?


We appreciate the willingness of our sponsors to dedicate their support to future NACo events and to help defray costs associated with the cancelled conference. Please contact Jack Peterson to discuss options. 


Proposed Bylaws Changes

On May 12, 2020, the NACo Bylaws Committee held a meeting to review the proposed changes that had been approved by the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors in December 2019 at the Fall Board Meeting in Douglas County, Neb. These changes to the bylaws allowed for NACo to provide for the organization in the event of sudden financial need. Further changes were minor in nature, added to provide clarification with regard to credentials and virtual voting, given the shelter-in-place requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Questions

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