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
Wednesday, July 3, 2002

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

THORNBURGH PLEASED WITH COURT RULING

Topeka, Ks – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh thanked the U.S.District Court for ruling quickly in the congressional redistricting case. “The court’s ruling means the August 6th primary election will be conducted as scheduled,” stated Thornburgh. “I am pleased the court ruled in favor of the congressional map as passed by the 2002 Kansas Legislature and signed by Governor Graves. This action allows us to preserve the August 6th primary election date and guarantees an orderly and systematic election process.”


“Kansans should be proud that the system for ensuring one person, one vote worked and every citizen’s vote will count on Election Day,” stated Thornburgh. “This is a victory for all Kansans and we should celebrate accordingly. Kansans should show their support by registering and voting in the upcoming election. ”


The filing deadline for candidates seeking to run for the United States House of Representatives is Tuesday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m. This deadline concludes the filing period for candidates seeking office in the upcoming primary election.


The deadline for county election officers to mail federal absentee ballots to applicants has been extended from June 21 to July 12. Secretary Thornburgh will ask the court to allow federal service personnel additional time to return their primary election ballots. Federal service personnel currently have until the close of polls on Election Day to return their ballots. Secretary Thornburgh will request the court to allow acceptance of federal ballots until Monday, August 12 at 5 p.m. This action gives military men and women 31 days to return their ballots. “We must do everything to preserve the right to vote especially for Kansans serving our country overseas,” stated Thornburgh.


Advance ballots for the primary election will be available one week later than usual, on July 24th instead of July 17.


Registered voters who would like to receive an advance ballot should contact their county election officer. Advance ballots must be returned by the close of polls on Election Day. Kansans wishing to register to vote or change party affiliation have until Monday, July 22nd. Voter registration cards are available by contacting the county election officer or may be printed at www.kssos.org. Voter registration applications are also available in Spanish.

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