| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Monday March 5, 2001
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
Paige Marriot, Washington, DC Contact
SECRETARY THORNBURGH TO TESTIFY ON NEED FOR ELECTION REFORM
Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh has been invited by Senator John McCain to testify on the
need for election reform following the November 7, 2000 election. Secretary Thornburgh will join Georgia
Secretary of State Cathy Cox and Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in Washington, DC to testify
before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Wednesday, March
7, 2001 at 9:30 in Senate Room 253.
Secretary Thornburgh will represent the State of Kansas and the National Association of Secretaries of State
in his role as President-elect of the organization. In his remarks, he will stress the need and importance for
election reform in America.
“The November election may not have been pretty, and the results may not have come quickly,
but quick fixes and convenience are not the measure of democracy,” said Thornburgh. “However, even
though the system worked, America’s confidence in our system has been shaken and we must take this
opportunity to fundamentally improve our electoral system. From the courthouse to the White House,
now is the time to act,” said Thornburgh.
“We have the chance to provide equal protection for voters. We have the chance to create
uniform voluntary standards for voting. We have the chance to improve the reliability of voter registration
records. We have the duty to restore America’s confidence,” concluded Thornburgh.
Secretary Thornburgh will be available directly following testimony for questions. Please contact
Jesse Borjon at (785) 296-4580 or Paige Marriot at (202) 296-5354 ext 230.