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, August 29, 2003

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

THORNBURGH SUBMITS FINALIZED STATE PLAN
TO FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
KANSAS TO RECEIVE UP TO $7.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING

Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh announced today that he has finalized the Kansas State Plan for implementation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). With the submission of the 2003 state plan, Kansas is eligible for up to $7.5 million in federal funding, with the possibility of additional funding in the future.

The state plan is one of the mandates imposed by Congress to improve administration of elections across the country. The state plan was developed by the Kansas Election Reform Advisory Council and the Secretary of State’s office.

Thornburgh stated, “As Kansas’ chief election official, I am responsible for ensuring the new requirements are carried out and correctly implemented in our state. This roadmap defines how we will improve the election process, including voter education, election official training, accessible voting equipment at every polling place and a statewide computerized voter registration system.”

HAVA was signed into law by President Bush on October 29, 2002, after a public outcry following the presidential election of 2000. Each state is required to produce a state plan that serves as a roadmap as to how they will implement the requirements of HAVA.

After months of study and recommendations a public hearing was held on June 27 in which the state plan draft was offered for review. Since that time, Thornburgh has finalized the plan for submission to the Federal Election Commission and the Election Assistance Commission. The state plan is available at http://www.kssos.org.

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