| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 27, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH RELEASES PLAN FOR
IMPLEMENTING ELECTION REFORM IN KANSAS
Topeka, KS Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and the Kansas
Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Advisory Committee today unveiled a blueprint for
implementing election reform in Kansas.
I am proud of the work the advisory committee has put into developing
the state plan, stated Thornburgh. The state plan will serve as
a blueprint for implementing election reform for Kansas. An important aspect
of the state plan is that for the first time in history, a person with a disability
will be able to independently and privately cast a ballot.
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 state plan can be found at the Secretary of States website: (www.kssos.org).