RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
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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, January 13, 2006

Contact Information
Stephanie Wing, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-8571
stephaniew@kssos.org

THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES KANSAS IS ONE OF THE FIRST
STATES TO COMPLY WITH HAVA

TOPEKA , KS- Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh announced today the implementation of the ELection Voter Information System, ELVIS , making Kansas one of the first states in the nation to complete the federal requirement for a state-operated centralized voter registration system.


“This is a landmark achievement in the Kansas election process. With ELVIS, we have created a consistent, statewide voter registration election management system in which every Kansas voter will be treated uniformly and election officials will have more resources at their disposal than ever before. Together, we are making the state voting process one of the most accurate, accessible and secure in the nation,” said Secretary Thornburgh.


We are proud to be at the forefront of voter registration technology. Our new system allows us to clean-up voter rolls in a way that has never been available before. Because of ELVIS, we are able to better identify and eliminate duplicate voter information and prevent voter fraud,” said Thornburgh.

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The Help America Vote Act (HAVA), passed by Congress in 2002, mandated that each state build a central voter registration database and that it be fully functional statewide by December 31, 2005. ELVIS went live statewide on December 29, 2005. ELVIS was developed through a partnership with all 105 county election officers. The new system meets the voter database requirement, as well as including an election management component.


ELVIS teams the Secretary of State’s office with a number of other state agencies, including the Department of Corrections, Division of Motor Vehicles, and the Office of Vital Statistics. This partnership allows the database to receive updates regarding felony convictions, changes of address, and death records. The result is one of the most comprehensive voter rolls in the nation.


Prior to the implementation of ELVIS, voter registration rolls were maintained on the county level. In March 2005, Kansas joined with Election Systems & Software, ES&S, to consolidate the county voter registration databases into a single, statewide system. The new system was developed and implemented in a 10-month time period.

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