National Association of State Election Directors (NASED)
The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) is a U.S. association that "was formed in 1989 when a group of state election directors and administrators met in Reno, Nevada. The driving issue at that time that spurred the group to organize was the concern that national networks were releasing presidential election results before all polls had closed.
"The recently enacted Help America Vote Act has increased the importance for communication and coordination among state election directors", its website states. The association serves "as an exchange of best practices and ideas." 
Role in the certification of e-voting machines
NASED has recently received attention for its role in the system for certifying e-voting machines. According to a September 2004 report by the Associated Press, "More than a decade ago, the Federal Election Commission authorized the National Association of State Election Directors to choose the independent testers." 
A company chosen by NASED to act as a tester is known as an Independent Testing Authority (ITA). 
- John Lindback, President, Oregon
- Peggy Nighswonger, President-Elect, Wyoming
- Marci Andino, Vice-President, South Carolina
- Kathy DeWolfe, Treasurer, Vermont
- Brad King, Secretary, Indiana
- Northeast: Harry VanSickle, Pennsylvania
- South: Sarah Ball Johnson, Kentucky
- Midwest: Becky Glazier, Illinois
- West: Nick Handy, Washington
Ex Officio members:
- Sandy Steinbach, Iowa, Chair, ITA Committee
- Chris Thomas, Michigan, Legislative Advisor
- Jim Silrum, North Dakota, International Committee Liason
- Joe Kanefield, Arizona, Election Center Liason
- Brad Bryant, Immediate Past President, Kansas
Advisory Board of the Election Assistance Commission Ex Officio Members:
- Chris Thomas, Michigan
- Linda Lamone, Maryland
Standards Board Executive Committee Ex Officio members:
- Sarah Ball Johnson, Kentucky
- John Lindback, Oregon
- Peggy Nighswonger, Wyoming
Technical Guidelines Development Committee Ex Officio member:
- Alice Miller, District of Columbia
According to a December 13, 2001 document on the FEC website, which was apparently still current as at October 2004, the members were: 
- Thomas R. Wilkey, Chair. Executive Director, New York State Board of Elections
- David Elliott, Asst. Director of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State, WA
- James Hendrix, Executive Director, State Election Commission, SC
- Denise Lamb, Director, State Bureau of Elections, New Mexico
- Sandy Steinbach, Director of Elections, Office of Secretary of State, Iowa
- Donetta Davidson, Secretary of State, Colorado
- Connie Schmidt, Commissioner, Johnson County Election Commission, Kansas
- Robert Naegele, President, Granite Creek Technology, Pacific Grove, California
- Brit Williams, Professor Emeritus, CSIS Dept, Kennesaw State College, Georgia
- Paul Craft, Computer Audit Analyst, Florida State Division of Elections.
- Steve Freeman, Software Consultant, League City, Texas
- Jay W. Nispel, Senior Principal Engineer, Computer Sciences Corporation, Annapolis Junction, Maryland
- Yvonne Smith (Member Emeritus), Former Assistant to the Executive Director, Illinois State Board of Elections.
- Jim Dearman, Wyle Laboratories, Huntsville, Alabama
- Jennifer Price, Shawn Southworth, CIBER Inc., Huntsville, Alabama
- Peter Skazin, SysTest Labs, Denver, Colorado
- Penelope Bonsall, Director, Office of Election Administration, Federal Election Commission
- Stephen Berger, Chair, IEEE Voting Equipment Standard Working Group
- The Election Center, R. Doug Lewis, Executive Director
12543 Westella, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77077-3929
Phone: (281) 752-6200
Email: services AT nased.org
Related SourceWatch resources
- Bev Harris
- Diebold Election Systems
- Election Center
- E-voting PR
- Independent Testing Authority (ITA)
- ITAA eVoting Industry Coalition DRAFT Plan
- R. Doug Lewis
- ↑ Home page, National Association of State Election Directors, accessed April 2008.
- ↑ NASED Board, National Association of State Election Directors, accessed April 2008.
- Bill Poovey, "Secretive testing firms certify nation's vote count machines", Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle, August 22, 2004.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Voting System Standards, Federal Election Commission, May 18, 2001. Discusses relationship between the Election Center, NASED, and the ITAs. Apparently still current as at October 2004.
- NASED Voting Systems Board membership list, Federal Election Commission, December 13, 2001. Apparently still current as at October 2004.
- General Overview for Getting a Voting System Qualified (MS Word document), National Association of State Election Directors via the Election Center's website. (HTML version). Undated, accessed 25 October, 2004.