Secretary of State
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Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
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Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564


For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 8, 2004

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


Topeka, KS - Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today presented Connie Schmidt with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award in recognition of her nine years of service as election commissioner and for her service to our American Democracy. To date, Connie Schmidt is the second recipient of this award in Kansas.

“Connie is a tremendous asset to our elections community and is very deserving of this award,” stated Thornburgh. “I am pleased to present Connie with the NASS Medallion Award in recognition of her dedication to elections and her involvement in furthering democracy for Kansas citizens.”

Schmidt has been recognized at both the national and state level for her work in the elections field. During her tenure, Johnson County has been recipient of the Digital Government Award of Excellence’ July 1998; 1999 NACO Achievement Award for its bi-state public/private partnership program to recruit election workers; and 2001 NACO Achievement Award for Education and Public Information, for implementation of the Celebration of Patriotism Foundation.


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Schmidt currently serves as the chair of the Professional Education Program Certification Board for The Election Center, as a member of the National Education Reform Task Force organized by the Election Center, and as a member of the National Association of State Elections Directors Voting Systems Standards Board. At the state level, she is a member of Kansas’ Help America Vote Act Advisory Council and also serves as the co-chair of the Education Committee for the Kansas County Clerks and Elections Official Association.

The NASS Medallion Award was created to recognize outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of the National Association of Secretaries of State within the states. The program honors individuals, groups, or organizations with an established record of promoting the goals of NASS in the areas of elections, with special emphasis on voter education and participation; civic education, including teaching, promotion, and study of this subject; and service to state government as it relates to the duties of the office of secretary of state.