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
Tuesday, August 5, 2003

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

THORNBURGH INDUCTED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECRETARIES OF STATE

Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh was elected the Midwestern Region Vice President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) at its yearly conference in Portland, Maine.

Having served as the NASS president in 2001 and 2002, Thornburgh said, “I am pleased to continue serving in a leadership position in which I can influence such important issues as election reform and electronic government initiatives. I am proud of the progress made in Kansas on these two very important issues. This provides Kansas’ common sense leadership to be at the forefront in implementing the new federal election reform requirements throughout the nation.”

The executive committee is responsible for directing the progress of election reform throughout the states. The committee will also be called upon to maintain relationships with Members of Congress and various federal agencies. The Secretaries of State that make up NASS are responsible for implementing the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

HAVA was designed to update the election process across the country as a response to the presidential election of 2000. The new federal election reform bill authorizes a total of $3.9 billion to improve the elections process over three years. The legislation enables state and local election officials to improve voting technology and election administration practices, as well as provide greater access to individuals with disabilities.

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