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For Immediate Release
December 11, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

Secretary Gwadosky to Host Election Reform Conference
Conference sponsored by NASS and NCSL to assist states with implementation of
new federal election reform requirements

Maine Secretary of State, and NASS President, Dan A. Gwadosky, will co-host a Federal Election Reform Legislation Training sponsored by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) that will provide guidance to states as they begin to implement the landmark election reform legislation recently passed by Congress. The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on December 13th and 14th.

"In passing this legislation, Congress recognized that elections are not one day events, but are comprised of people, process and technology," said Secretary Gwadosky. "We hope this conference provides election officials and state legislators with the information necessary to implement these federal reforms that affect all three components. Ultimately, we hope implementation of these reforms will have a positive impact on the public's confidence of election administration."

Key Congressional sponsors of the election reform legislation have been invited to attend and members of their staff will be involved in significant portions of the conference presentations. Conference topics will provide attendees with an understanding of the new law's requirements and cover a number of areas including development of state plans, timeframes and implementation dates, federal funding, and grant requirements. Secretaries of state, election officials, legislators and their staff from more than 25 states are expected to participate in the conference.

Once the new election laws are funded by Congress, Maine is expected to be eligible for at least $11 million that may be utilized to implement a central voter registration system, to help municipalities purchase optical scan voting machines, to provide voting equipment for the visually impaired, and to make additional election process improvements.

NASS and its members have worked with leaders in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives since the November 2000 presidential election to craft sensible, bipartisan legislation that will address the problems that came to light in that election year. NASS continues to be committed to ensuring fair, accurate, reliable and accessible elections in this country. This conference is one of the many ways that NASS provides its members with the necessary tools to be successful in the administration of the election process.