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, March 19, 2003

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

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCED KANSAS
ELECTION REFORM ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER

Topeka, Ks - Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh is pleased to announce Connie Schmidt's appointment to the Kansas Election Reform Advisory Council. She will serve as a member of the Voting Standards & Education subcommittee.

In order to receive funding for implementation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), a new federal election reform law, an advisory committee must be established and a state plan developed. The council is comprised of 45 members who each serve on one of the following subcommittees: Accessibility, Finance, Central Voter Registration, and Voting Standards and Education.

"The advisory council will provide recommendations for implementing requirements," Thornburgh said. "I look forward to working with members of the advisory council and hope to provide leadership for election officials across the nation."

Schmidt, the Johnson County election commissioner since 1995, is a member of the Election Center and the NASED Voting Systems Standards Board. She has served as chair of the Professional Education Program and is co-chair of the education committee for the Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association.
 
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