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, September 5, 2003

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

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES
ELECTRONIC VOTING AT STATE FAIR

Topeka, Kansas – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced the state fair opinion poll will be conducted on a new touch screen electronic voting system.

“I am pleased to introduce this technology at the state fair,” stated Thornburgh. “Traditionally votes at the fair have been cast on a paper ballot, but with new federal election requirements, this will provide the first opportunity for many Kansans to become more familiar with this method of voting.”

“The purpose of the opinion poll is to promote voting; gauge opinions on important issues and some questions are designed to have fun,” said Thornburgh.

The 2003 State Fair Opinion questions are:

1. What do you think is the single best thing about being an American?
Freedoms
Diverse culture
Opportunities
Military and economic world leader
Other

2. What impact would it have on you if you were required to show identification each time you vote?
I would feel my vote is more secure.
I would be less likely to vote because of the inconvenience and intrusion.
It would not affect me.

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3. Which one of the following items should be included on the Kansas commemorative quarter?
Buffalo
Pioneer
Sunflower
Wheat
Other

4. What do you enjoy most at the State Fair?
Entertainment
Crafts
Animals
Food
Midway attractions
Vehicles / Machinery

Fair goers can also register to vote at the secretary of state’s booth, as well as purchase a state flag and obtain informational materials on Kansas. There will also be a drawing for a free state flag.

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