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(Washington, DC) -- Brad King, Co-Director of the Indiana Election Division of the Secretary of State's office, has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).
King was elected by his peers and sworn into office during a ceremony held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located on the White House grounds in Washington, DC on Feb. 7. This post puts King on track to become the organization's president within five years.
"I am honored and grateful to be chosen to serve in this office," King said. "NASED is an organization dedicated to serving all of America's voters, and I look forward to building new relationships that will help Indiana's voters as well."
A native of Omega, IN, King received his B.A. in History and Political Science (with honors) from Indiana University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. He served as Senior Staff Attorney, Legislative Services Agency and counsel to the Indiana House and Senate Elections Committees. Later he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis and counsel to the Marion County Board of Voter Registration. From 1992-1999, he was Co-General Counsel to the Indiana Election Commission. King served as State Elections Director for the Secretary of State of Minnesota from 1999-2002 before serving the state of Indiana.
King enjoys the variety of work and individuals he has met through the years. "I have had the privilege of advising and assisting county election officials, candidates, and political party officials throughout Indiana, and I still encounter new and challenging questions during each election cycle," King said.
NASED formed in 1989 when a small group of state election directors and administrators met in Reno, Nevada to discuss one issue: how to address the problem of national media networks releasing presidential election results before all polls had closed. After that first meeting, the group's membership flourished, growing to include representatives from all 50 states.
Following the implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, the increased importance for communication and coordination among state election directors dramatically increased. Though the issues have changed somewhat over the years, the purpose of NASED has remained the same--to serve as an exchange of best practices and ideas.
NASED works closely with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the National Association of Secretaries of State, of which Rokita currently serves as President.
"I think it's wonderful that Brad has been recognized as a leader among his peers," Rokita said. "Brad's knowledge of Election Code is impeccable and the state and nation are lucky to have him as a reliable resource and historian."
Photo: National Association of State Election Directors Secretary Brad King, Co-Director of the Indiana Election Division of the Secretary of State's office, stands on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after being admitted to practice before the nation's highest Court in January. King was in D.C. Jan. 9 to attend oral arguments on Indiana's photo identification law.