RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
image of the Kansas Secretary of State seal
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
Thursday, October 6, 2004

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

THORNBURGH KICKS OFF
VOTE! KANSAS PROGRAM

Topeka, KS - Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh joined several members of the Kansas Election Reform Council to kick off the Vote! Kansas initiative. This effort is part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and will encourage Kansans to participate in the November 2, 2004, general election as well as educate voters on the changes in the election process.

"I am encouraging Kansans to register and vote in the November 2, 2004, general election" stated Thornburgh. "It is important, as Kansans, that we exercise our right to vote. This election isn't about the campaign rhetoric, sound bites and attack ads, it is about every American's right to have their voice heard. I urge you to let your voice be heard by voting on November 2, 2004."

"Kansans should expect minor changes during the registration process and when voting on Election Day," stated Thornburgh. "This is due to the implementation of federal election reform measures passed by the United States Congress in 2002."

Vote! Kansas will bring the public information on voting in Kansas; expecting a ballot on Election Day; language, ballot and polling place accessibility; how to file a complaint and other helpful information about the election process.

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State law requires first time voters to show identification at any of the following times: at the time of registration; after registration; after registration and before Election Day; on Election Day; or after Election Day and before the county canvass. A first time voter is someone who has not previously voted in the county where they registered. Acceptable forms of identification include: driver's license or non-driver's ID card; bank statement; paycheck; government check; utility bill; and other government documents such as Medicare and Medicaid documents, military ID, student ID or a passport..

Kansans should expect a ballot when going to the polls on Election Day. If a voter is not on the list of registered voters or forgets to bring identification, he/she can ask for a provisional ballot. Poll workers can tell him/her how to check to make sure their vote counted.

Kansans going to the polls on Election Day can expect to see election information and a sample ballot posted. A list of voter's rights and responsibilities will be posted at every polling place. If a voter believes his/her rights have been violated and wants to file a complaint, he/she should check with the county election official for instructions. Before voting, voters should look for posters that explain how to use the voting equipment.

Voter education is a requirement of HAVA and is outlined in Kansas' state plan for implementing the requirements of the Act. The state plan was developed by the Secretary of State and members of the Kansas Election Reform Advisory Council.

Please contact the Secretary of State's office at (785) 296-4564 to obtain election information in an alternative language format. To find more information about the Vote! Kansas program please visit www.voteks.org.


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