| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 29, 2004
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
KANSAS TEAMS WITH ACCENTURE eDEMOCRACY SERVICES
Topeka, KS – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh announced today that the state has teamed with Accenture eDemocracy Services to deliver by January 2006 a centralized voter registration and election management system that will help Kansas meet the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). InfiniTec of Hays, Kansas, a leading supplier of software and services to Kansas county government, will be a subcontractor to Accenture on this project.
TO BUILD ELECTION VOTER INFORMATION SYSTEM
“Our selection of Accenture provides Kansas with a team that knows elections and knows our state,” said Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh. “When it is ready to support our 2006 elections, we will have a HAVA-compliant system for voter registration and election management that is designed from the ground up to reflect the needs of all 105 counties. We have confidence in the software, hosting solutions, timeframe of implementation, and most importantly, the team.”
Kansas will use Accenture Election System Manager 2004 for Microsoft .NET, the company’s HAVA-compliant system that will deliver statewide, real-time reporting capability and enhance election administration functions in every county. InfiniTec currently provides application software and related support to clerk, treasurer, appraiser and register of deeds offices in more than 70 counties.
Earlier this year, a twelve-person work group comprised of county and state election experts established the requirements for the election voter information system and chose the winning bid. The group’s goal was to select a statewide system that all Kansas counties would use, with particular emphasis on providing more election management options for county and end users.
“During the next year, we will work very closely with our counties to create a national model for voter registration and election management,” added Thornburgh. “The end result will preserve the critical state and county balance in the election process while providing a uniform system that is secure and uniform to maintain.”
HAVA was signed in 2002 to help modernize voting systems, create centralized statewide voter registration systems, and improve election administration across the United States. The law requires all states to have a fully operational, centralized voter registration system by January 1, 2006.