RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Monday March 5, 2001

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org
Paige Marriot, Washington, DC Contact
(202) 776-9410

SECRETARY THORNBURGH TO TESTIFY ON NEED FOR ELECTION REFORM

Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh has been invited by Senator John McCain to testify on the need for election reform following the November 7, 2000 election. Secretary Thornburgh will join Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox and Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in Washington, DC to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at 9:30 in Senate Room 253.


Secretary Thornburgh will represent the State of Kansas and the National Association of Secretaries of State in his role as President-elect of the organization. In his remarks, he will stress the need and importance for election reform in America.


“The November election may not have been pretty, and the results may not have come quickly, but quick fixes and convenience are not the measure of democracy,” said Thornburgh. “However, even though the system worked, America’s confidence in our system has been shaken and we must take this opportunity to fundamentally improve our electoral system. From the courthouse to the White House, now is the time to act,” said Thornburgh.


“We have the chance to provide equal protection for voters. We have the chance to create uniform voluntary standards for voting. We have the chance to improve the reliability of voter registration records. We have the duty to restore America’s confidence,” concluded Thornburgh.


Secretary Thornburgh will be available directly following testimony for questions. Please contact Jesse Borjon at (785) 296-4580 or Paige Marriot at (202) 296-5354 ext 230.

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