| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Stephanie Wing, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH URGES PASSAGE OF
SATELLITE ADVANCE VOTING BILL
TOPEKA , KS- Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh testified before the House Committee on Elections and Governmental Organization to urge members to expand satellite advance voting.
Currently restricted to Johnson and Sedgwick counties, HB 2019 would allow all 105 Kansas counties the opportunity to implement satellite advance voting.
“Over the last several years, we have been seeing a shift away from the traditional Election “Day” and more toward an Election “Cycle.” As more and more voters are utilizing advance voting, it is important that we ensure that residents in rural areas of the state have the same opportunities as their urban neighbors,” said Thornburgh.
Thornburgh first introduced the expansion during the 2006 legislative session, but it was ultimately vetoed by Governor Sebelius.
Please see attached for a copy of Secretary Thornburgh’s testimony.