| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 23, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HEARING
FOR HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT STATE PLAN
Topeka, KS Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will hold a public
hearing Friday, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW
10th Ave., room 210. The hearing will explain the Kansas State Plan for implementation
of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).
HAVA is a federal election reform law passed by Congress in October 2002
in response to the presidential election of 2000. The legislation is aimed at
improving administration of elections nationwide and each state is required
to devise and implement a plan to meet the objectives. The goal of HAVA is to
enhance voting standards and education, accessible voting places for the disabled,
and voter registration file maintenance.
Thornburgh appointed an advisory committee in February 2003 to develop the
state plan. The committee is comprised of approximately 45 members who each
serve on one of the following subcommittees: accessibility, finance, central
voter registration, and voting standards and education. Each subcommittee made
recommendations for the state plan.
The public will have until July 14 to review and make additional comments
and recommendations regarding the state plan. Thornburgh will consider all public
comments and then submit a final plan to the federal Election Assistance Commission.
The state plan can be found at the Secretary of States website: (www.kssos.org).
If accommodations are needed at the public hearing, contact Mindy Miller by
5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at (785)296-0080.