Lori Augino serves as the Executive Director for the National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI). Founded in 2018, NVAHI is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the use of mailed-out ballots in local, state, and federal elections. Through its education, research, and advocacy efforts with state and local election officials and policymakers, NVAHI has played a key role in the expansion of this secure, convenient, and voter-supported method of voting at home.
Previously, Ms. Augino served as the Director of Elections for the Washington Office of the Secretary of State. Ms. Augino was appointed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman in January 2013, where she was responsible for the oversight of all federal, state, and local elections. She led the division’s efforts in voter registration, voter education and outreach, and was responsible for the statewide voter registration system. She certified voting equipment and software for Washington elections and managed the certification and training program for county and state election administrators.
Additionally, she developed election-related legislation and provided leadership over all aspects of Washington’s vote-at-home election system. Under Lori’s leadership, Washington implemented many election reforms including Same-Day Voter Registration, Automatic Voter Registration at the Department of Licensing and the Department of Social and Health Services, Automated Voter Registration at the Health Benefit Exchange, the Future Voter program, Universal Registration, and College Voting HUBs. Lori served as the President of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) from 2020 – 2021, served as a member of the Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), a member of the Council of State Government’s Overseas Voting Initiative, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Elections Critical Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council.
She was a founding member of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing & Analysis Center and served on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Elections. Prior to serving as Director of Elections, Lori worked for the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for nearly 18 years, serving the citizens of Pierce County as the Chief Deputy Auditor from 2010 to 2013, overseeing the county’s elections, licensing, recording, and animal control divisions. Lori served as Pierce County Elections Manager from 2000 to 2010, where she managed the closest election in Washington’s history and implemented a Ranked Choice Voting system. In 2009,
Lori was named County Election Employee of the Year by former Secretary of State Sam Reed. She’s a graduate of the University of Washington, holding a BA in politics, philosophy, and economics.