| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Stephanie Meyer, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH ADVISES COUNTIES TO BE ON-ALERT
Topeka , KS – Today, in light of the pending investigations into improper voter registration drives across the nation, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh advised county election officers to be especially cautious during these final days of registration.
“I have complete and total confidence in our state’s election process and county election staffs. However, in light of the recent questionable registration activities in neighboring states, I am urging all election staff to be mindful that groups such as ACORN may be attempting to register ineligible or duplicate voters. While we have not seen major problems in our state in the past, given the magnitude of the upcoming election it is something we should absolutely be prepared to handle,” stated Thornburgh.
Despite his concerns, Thornburgh emphasizes that the state’s election system has a number of safeguards in place to prevent fraudulent registrations.
“Our statewide database is frequently cross-checked with the Department of Motor Vehicles, in order to ensure that no one is able to file a duplicate registration. We also regularly check our database against those in other states,” said Thornburgh.
In addition to cautioning the counties, Thornburgh encourages any group interested in conducting a voter registration drive to contact the Secretary of State’s office or their county election office to receive voter registration forms and information on how to properly conduct a voter registration drive. Additional information is available at www.voteks.org or by calling the Secretary of State’s election office hotline at 1-800-262-8683.
The deadline to register to vote in Kansas is Monday, October 20, 2008. All applications for voter registration must be received in the county election office or the Secretary of State's office, or postmarked by that date, in order to be valid for the November 4 general election.