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, June 23, 2003

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

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HEARING
FOR HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT STATE PLAN

Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will hold a public hearing Friday, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th Ave., room 210. The hearing will explain the Kansas State Plan for implementation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

HAVA is a federal election reform law passed by Congress in October 2002 in response to the presidential election of 2000. The legislation is aimed at improving administration of elections nationwide and each state is required to devise and implement a plan to meet the objectives. The goal of HAVA is to enhance voting standards and education, accessible voting places for the disabled, and voter registration file maintenance.

Thornburgh appointed an advisory committee in February 2003 to develop the state plan. The committee is comprised of approximately 45 members who each serve on one of the following subcommittees: accessibility, finance, central voter registration, and voting standards and education. Each subcommittee made recommendations for the state plan.
 
The public will have until July 14 to review and make additional comments and recommendations regarding the state plan. Thornburgh will consider all public comments and then submit a final plan to the federal Election Assistance Commission. The state plan can be found at the Secretary of State’s website: (www.kssos.org).
 
If accommodations are needed at the public hearing, contact Mindy Miller by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at (785)296-0080.

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