| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 5, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH INDUCTED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECRETARIES OF STATE
Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh was elected the Midwestern
Region Vice President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)
at its yearly conference in Portland, Maine.
Having served as the NASS president in 2001 and 2002, Thornburgh said, I
am pleased to continue serving in a leadership position in which I can influence
such important issues as election reform and electronic government initiatives.
I am proud of the progress made in Kansas on these two very important issues.
This provides Kansas common sense leadership to be at the forefront in
implementing the new federal election reform requirements throughout the nation.
The executive committee is responsible for directing the progress of election
reform throughout the states. The committee will also be called upon to maintain
relationships with Members of Congress and various federal agencies. The Secretaries
of State that make up NASS are responsible for implementing the Help America
Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).
HAVA was designed to update the election process across the country as a response
to the presidential election of 2000. The new federal election reform bill authorizes
a total of $3.9 billion to improve the elections process over three years. The
legislation enables state and local election officials to improve voting technology
and election administration practices, as well as provide greater access to
individuals with disabilities.