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
Friday December 7th, 2001

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

Midwest Election Officials Conference

DATE: December 9 - 12
   
WHAT: Midwest Election Officials Conference
Featured topics will include the Florida 2000 election experience, counting ballots, voter outreach, recruiting and training local election board works and Congressmen Bob Ney (R-OH), author of the “Help America Vote Act of 2001” will give an overview of federal election reform issues. A complete conference agenda is attached.
   
WHERE: Westin Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri
   
WHO: County and state election officials from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa
   
CONTACT: If you are interested in attending sessions at the conference or have questions, please contact Jesse Borjon, Public Relations Director (785) 296-4580 or (785) 249-0286.

* Complete media release to be distributed on Monday, December 10.
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MIDWEST ELECTION OFFICIALS CONFERENCE AGENDA

Sunday, December 9th
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. REGISTRATION CENTER OPENS
   
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. RECEPTION
Location: Garden Terrace
SPONSOR: Edward D. Jones
   
Monday, December 10th
8:00 a.m. EXHIBIT BOOTHS OPEN
   
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Location: Century Foyer
SPONSORS: Douglas Election Equipment
Lockwood Company
   
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Opening and Welcome from Secretaries and KC Mayor
Speakers: Kay Barnes, Kansas City Mayor
Ron Thornburgh, Kansas Secretary of State
Chet Culver, Iowa Secretary of State
John Gale, Nebraska Secretary of State
Dan Ross, Missouri Deputy Secretary of State
Location: Century A
   
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. General Session: “Colorado’s Blue Ribbon Panel Takes a Non- Partisan Review of Election Laws From Start to Finish” Speaker: Donetta Davidson, Colorado Secretary of State Location: Century A
   
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. BREAK
Location: Century Foyer
SPONSORS: VoteHere Inc.
Dunn & Bradstreet
   
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon General Session: “The Legal Implications of Voting Reform”
Speaker: Bonnie Campbell, Former Iowa Attorney General;
Attorney at Law, Washington,DC
Location: Century A
   
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. LUNCH & SENATE PANEL
Location: Century C
SPONSORS: access Kansas
Nebraska Online
MicroVote Corp.
   
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. General Session: “‘The Real’ Florida Story”
Speaker: Jane Carroll, Retired Broward County,
Florida Elections Supervisor
Location: Century A
   
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. BREAK
Location: Century Foyer
SPONSORS: Wells Blue Bunny
Fidlar Doubleday
   
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. General Session: “Living in an Era Where People Want More &
LessGovernment at the Same Time”

Speaker: Mark Towers
Location: Century A
   
4:45 p.m. Free Time
   
Tuesday, December 11th
8:00 a.m. Exhibit Booths Open
   
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Location: Century Foyer
SPONSORS: Global Election Systems
Missouri Press Services
   
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakout Session “A”
Session: Appetizers to Desserts: Learn the Course Meals to
Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Volunteers

Speaker: Karen Saunders, USA Red Cross
Location: Pershing North (A, B, & C)
Session: Democracy in Action for Young Voters
Speakers: Karen Scates, Kids Voting USA
Dick Filling, Pennsylvania Elections
Location: Pershing West (A, B, & C)
Session: The Good, the Chad, and the Ugly: Media Basics for
Election Day

Speaker: Kay Albowicz, National Association of Secretaries of State
Location: Pershing South (A & D; B – Pershing East)
Session: What Others Had to Say: Making Sense of Election
Reform Reports

Speaker: Tracy Warren, Election Reform Initiative
Location: Roanoke (A, C & D)
Session: Votoj! Glasi! Stimme! Vote! How to Get Involved in
International Elections

Speakers: Amy Naccarato, Utah Elections
Paul DeGregorio, International Foundation Election System
Location: Pershing East (A, C, & D)
   
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session “B”
Session: Appetizers to Desserts: Learn the Course Meals to
Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Volunteers

Speaker: Karen Saunders, USA Red Cross
Location: Pershing North (A, B, & C)
Session: Democracy in Action for Young Voters
Speakers: Karen Scates, Kids Voting USA
Dick Filling, Pennsylvania Elections
Location: Pershing West (A, B, & C)
Session: The Good, the Chad, and the Ugly: Media Basics for
Election Day

Speaker: Kay Albowicz, National Association of Secretaries of State
Location: Pershing South (A & D; B – Pershing East)
Session: You’re a Winner
Speaker: Julie Burney
Location: Pershing South (B & C)
Session: Paint-by-Number to Picasso: Strategic Planning
and Documentation

Speaker: Tom Wilkey, New York State Board of Elections
Location: Roanoke (B; D – Pershing West)
   
11:30 a.m. – 12:45p.m. LUNCH
Keynote Speaker: Congressmen Bob Ney, State of Ohio
Location: Century C
SPONSORS: ES&S
West Group
   
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session “C”
Session: Appetizers to Desserts: Learn the Course Meals to
Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Volunteers

Speaker: Karen Saunders, USA Red Cross
Location: Pershing North (A, B, & C)
Session: Democracy in Action for Young Voters
Speakers: Karen Scates, Kids Voting USA
Dick Filling, Pennsylvania Elections
Location: Pershing West (A, B, & C)
Session: What Others Had to Say: Making Sense of Election
Reform Reports

Speaker: Tracy Warren, Election Reform Initiative
Location: Roanoke (A, C & D)
Session: Votoj! Glasi! Stimme! Vote! How to Get Involved in
International Elections

Speakers: Amy Naccarato, Utah Elections
Paul DeGregorio, International Foundation Election System
Location: Pershing East (A, C, & D)
Session: You’re a Winner
Speaker: Julie Burney
Location: Pershing South (B & C)
   
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. BREAK
Location: Century Foyer
SPONSORS: Sequoia Voting Systems
Anheuser Busch
   
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session “D”
Session: The Good, the Chad, and the Ugly: Media Basics for
Election Day

Speaker: Kay Albowicz, National Association of Secretaries of State
Location: Pershing South (A & D; B – Pershing East)
Session: What Others Had to Say: Making Sense of Election
Reform Reports

Speaker: Tracy Warren, Election Reform Initiative
Location: Roanoke (A, C & D)
Session: Votoj! Glasi! Stimme! Vote! How to Get Involved in
International Elections

Speakers: Amy Naccarato, Utah Elections
Paul DeGregorio, International Foundation Election System
Location: Pershing East (A, C, & D)
Session: Paint-by-Number to Picasso: Strategic Planning
and Documentation

Speaker: Tom Wilkey, New York State Board of Elections
Location: Roanoke (B and D – Pershing West)
   
3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Free Time
   
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. SOCIAL HOUR
Location: Century Foyer
   
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. BANQUET Banquet Speaker: Roger Welch –
“A Couple of Lessons from the Pioneers”
Location: Century C
SPONSOR: Infinitec
   
Wednesday, December 12th
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. BREAKFAST Location: Washington Park Place SPONSOR: Accenture Election.com
   
9:30 a.m. General Session: “They Who Laugh, Last”
Speaker: Juli Burney
(Location: Century A)
   
11:00 a.m. Closing Remarks from Secretaries
Secretaries: Ron Thornburgh, KS; Chet Culver, IA;
John Gale, NE; Dan Ross, MO Deputy

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