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, February 3, 2003

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

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF MERRIMAN
TO ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION STANDARDS BOARD

Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced the appointment of Don Merriman, Saline County Clerk, to the Election Assistance Commission Standards Board.


“I look forward to working with Don on the board as we move forward with implementing federal election reform,” stated Thornburgh. “Don is extremely knowledgeable about election reform and will represent our state well.”


The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires the establishment and organization of a commission to oversee federal election reform. The commission includes an Election Assistance Commission Standards Board composed of 110 members – 55 state election officials and 55 local election officials.


Kansas will be represented on the standards board by Thornburgh and Merriman. As members of the board, Thornburgh and Merriman will play a vital role in the implementation of federal election reform by reviewing voluntary voting system guidelines and providing guidance on uniform and non-discriminatory election technology and administration.


Merriman has served as Saline County Clerk since January 2000. He attended two years of the County Clerk Certification program administered by Wichita State and the Kansas County Clerk’s and Election Officials Association.

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