Secretary of State
image of the Kansas Secretary of State seal
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564


For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580

Joy D. Moser, Director
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Adjutant General
(785) 274-1192


Topeka, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh and Major General (KS) Tod M. Bunting, Kansas Adjutant General, kicked off an initiative called OPERATION: VOTE.

Secretary Thornburgh said, “Through this partnership with Adjutant General Bunting, we have taken the first step to ensure all Kansas military men and women stationed overseas receive the proper application to obtain an absentee ballot for the upcoming primary and general elections. While our fellow Kansans are serving on the front lines all over the world, we need to guarantee access to the voting process and this program will ensure that access.”

"I'm delighted to participate with the Secretary of State on a program that will ensure that Guard members have an opportunity to vote," said Major General (KS) Tod M. Bunting, Kansas Adjutant General. "It is important that they be afforded the chance to exercise this right while serving our country."

The Secretary of State's office will provide an application, instructions and a listing of addresses for county election officers to military men and women. In order to receive an absentee ballot the application will need to be returned to the county election officer of the individual's home county. The application can be returned by mail or fax and upon receipt of the application by the county election officer a ballot will be sent out.

The United States Department of Defense through the Federal Voting Assistance Program also provides information to persons wanting to obtain an absentee ballot.