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
Thursday, February 27, 2003

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

THORNBURGH CONVENES KANSAS ELECTION
REFORM ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today convened the first Kansas Election Reform Advisory Council meeting. The advisory council is mandated by federal law, the Help America Vote Act of 2002, (HAVA), and is established to assist the Secretary of State in developing a state plan to implement federal requirements outlined by HAVA. Establishing an advisory group and filing a state plan are prerequisites to receiving federal funding for HAVA implementation.


"This is the first step towards drafting a state plan,” stated Thornburgh. “The advisory council will provide recommendations for implementing requirements. I look forward to working with members of the advisory council and hope to provide leadership for election officials across the nation. All 50 states are in the early stages of implementing the new federal requirements and I believe Kansas will continue to be a leader and set the standard for administrating fair and accurate elections.”


The Kansas Election Reform Advisory Council is comprised of 45 members from various organizations and with various expertise. The law requires the chief election officials of the two most populous jurisdictions within the state to serve on the council. Among the members of the committee are Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt and Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Marilyn Chapman. In addition, representatives of groups of individuals with disabilities serve on the council. The group met at the Kansas Historical Society.

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