Secretary of State’s Office earns awards for web creativity, leadership in cybersecurity

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Two of the Secretary of State’s Office websites have earned recognition for its web content.

Y’all Vote and Charities Online are Silver W³ Award winners.

The W³ Awards honor creative excellence on the web and recognize the people behind award-winning sites, marketing programs, social content, mobile site/apps, and online video.

“Our team is laser-focused on organizing data and information in a way which is intuitive to Mississippians,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said.  “This has helped us fulfill our core mission: operating the agency from the citizen up.”

Y’all Vote aggregates all election information on one easy-to-use website.  The site also allows citizens to check their registration status and allows registered to voters to change their address online if they have moved to ensure their ballot counts.  Since the site’s launch in September 2016, it has received more than 44,000 hits, 5,300 Mississippians have checked their voter registration status, and 1,396 Mississippians have changed their voter registration address online.

The Charities Division completed its process to move all registration forms online in April 2017.  Charities and other entities required to register in the State can also verify and approve their information online before submitting it.  Currently, more than 3,700 charities are registered in Mississippi, and more than 4,200 charities have filed exemption paperwork.

The W³ Awards are sponsored and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), top-tier media, interactive, advertising, and marketing professionals.  For more information about the awards or AIVA, visit or

Additionally, McAfee recognized Russell Walker , the Agency’s Chief Technology Officer, for his attention and dedication to cybersecurity in its annual Digital Government Cybersecurity Leadership & Innovation Awards.  Walker has worked for the Secretary of State’s Office for six years facilitating the virtualization of the Agency’s infrastructure, modernizing outdated policies, and enhanced the overall security of the network.

“Network security initiatives start from the top down,” Walker said. “I’m grateful to work for an organization which has invested in necessary training and equipment, and prioritized keeping our networks secure.”

Walker was honored at McAfee’s MPOWER Cybersecurity Summit in October 2017.


Source: WJTV