| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Stephanie Meyer, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESSIONAL
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh has been invited to testify before the United States House Subcommittee on Elections by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, Chair of the Subcommittee. Thornburgh will provide an overview of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), as well as discuss the importance of voluntary standards in state elections administration. He will testify on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the Longworth House Office Building, Room 1309.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON HAVA, STATE STANDARDS
“Of the many laudable results of HAVA, the most effective have been achieved when the federal government’s role was limited to establishing broad objectives and providing resources to attain them,” said Thornburgh.
“The federal government should provide incentives, the broad framework and the funding. The states should provide the ingenuity to design the best system. The localities should provide the street-level expertise to administer the details, and the private sector should provide the innovations to keep us moving forward.”
For a full transcript of Secretary Thornburgh’s testimony, please contact Stephanie Meyer at (785) 296-8571 or Stephanie@kssos.org.