Pierz native named elections director for Minnesota

Gary Poser, a native of Pierz and elections director of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, will be sworn in this evening as the new president of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) at the organization’s conference in Washington, D.C.

In his one-year term as president of NASED, Poser will lead its response to federal election legislation; work with federal organizations such as the Election Assistance Commission and Federal Voting Assistance Program to promote access to elections; and work with state election directors in exchanging ideas for efficient administration of election laws.

“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to lead NASED, and continue working with and learning from other states to improve our nation’s elections and voter experience,” said Poser.

Poser has served as the state’s elections director for seven years. During his tenure, he led the development and launch of several online voter tools and oversaw three statewide election recounts. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of State, Poser served as elections director in Anoka and Washington counties.

Established in 1989, NASED works to promote accessible, accurate and transparent elections in the United States and its territories. NASED members convene twice annually to exchange best practices and ideas to improve elections.

“Minnesota is known for leading the nation in voter turnout and for its positive election experience, and much of that success is due to the work and efforts of Gary and his staff,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.