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, September 16, 2003

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

NEW TOUCH SCREEN ELECTRONIC VOTING
SYSTEM WELL RECEIVED BY STATE FAIR GOERS

Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced the state fair opinion poll was a success. Participation in this year’s opinion poll was up by nearly 40% from last year’s turnout.

“I am pleased with the number of fair goers that participated in the state fair opinion poll,” stated Thornburgh. “The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires that states incorporate electronic voting systems similar to the one used at the state fair. The new system is required to be in use for the 2006 presidential election.”

The 2003 State Fair Opinion results follow:

1. What do you think is the single best thing about being an American?
1463
  Freedoms
76
  Diverse culture
271
  Opportunities
58
  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?
899
  I would feel my vote is more secure.
165
  I would be less likely to vote because of the inconvenience and intrusion.
851
  It would not affect me.

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3. Which one of the following items should be included on the Kansas commemorative quarter?
358
  Buffalo
111
  Pioneer
641
  Sunflower
416
  Wheat
  Other

4. What do you enjoy most at the State Fair?
286
  Entertainment
354
  Crafts
259
  Animals
394
  Food
173
  Midway attractions
180
  Vehicles / Machinery

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