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


For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 9, 2008

Contact Information
Stephanie Meyer, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-8571


Topeka, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh kicked off the 2008 Vote! Kansas initiative. This effort is part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and will encourage citizens to participate in the November 4, 2008 general election.

“I am urging every eligible Kansan to register and vote in the upcoming election,” said Thornburgh. “Regardless of your political beliefs, it is important that your voice be heard. This takes on additional significance now, as we are in the midst of what is certain to be an election of historic proportions.”

The voter outreach program will include television and radio commercials, as well as advertising in both print and online newspapers within the state. Voters will also have the opportunity the look up their polling place location on the Secretary of State’s election Web site,

“With a record-setting turnout expected, I encourage everyone to check their voting status and the location of their polling place before the election. Voters can check their status on our Web site or by calling their county election office,” said Thornburgh.
In addition to the more traditional means of reaching out to voters, Thornburgh’s office has also created a public service announcement that will air during the Kansas – Kansas State football game the weekend prior to the election.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to engage voters – especially those on the younger end of the spectrum – and we felt that the timing and audience of this rivalry game was a great opportunity,” said Thornburgh.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 20, 2008. Citizens may register at the Secretary of State’s office, their local election office or by mailing in a completed voter registration form, available at

For more information regarding the Vote! Kansas program or other general election questions, please contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-262-VOTE (8683) or visit