| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
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.