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
Friday, June 27, 2003

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

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 State’s website: (www.kssos.org).

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