| CHRIS BIGGS
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Abbie Hodgson, Director of Public Affairs
Office of the Secretary of State
SEC. BIGGS UNVEILS AD PROMOTING ADVANCE VOTING
TOPEKA, KS – As part of the Vote! Kansas initiative, Secretary of State Chris Biggs today unveiled a television ad encouraging Kansans to cast an advance ballot for the Primary Election.
“As Secretary of State, my role is to ensure the integrity of elections which includes not only maintaining the fairness, security, and transparency of elections but also encouraging participation in elections. One way we can encourage participation is through advance voting,” Sec. Biggs said.
Previously, the State of Kansas required a reason to cast an absentee ballot, but in 1995 the Kansas Legislature changed the law allowing Kansans to cast an advance ballot for any reason or for no reason at all. Since then, advance voting has become increasingly popular in Kansas. In the last election, almost 40 percent of the ballots cast were cast in advance.
“Voting is the civic responsibility of every eligible Kansan and with advance voting, there is no excuse not to vote,” Sec. Biggs said. “My hope is that by educating Kansas voters about advance voting, more will take advantage of it, and turnout will increase.”
The ad, which will air statewide for 10 days, was paid for with federal funds authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). States who received HAVA funds are required to use a portion of the funds to educate voters about voting.
The ad is available on YouTube at: