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For Immediate Release
May 21, 2001
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky to Address Portland Area League of Women Voters on Election Reform at Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.
McKernan Center, Southern Maine Technical College
South Portland

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will address the Portland Area League of Women Voters at their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at the McKernan Center, South Maine Technical College, South Portalnd.   Secretary Gwadosky’s presentation--Election Reform - A Local and National Perspective--will provide both a national and local discussion on the topic of election reform.   The presentation will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m.

The November 2000 election provided our country with an opportunity to discuss many issues surrounding our electoral process and underlined the importance of civic participation.   Election reform is a topic currently receiving much national attention with over 30 different bills being considered by Congress.   While the State of Maine generally leads the nation in ballot access and in voter turnout, there are also several bills before the Maine Legislature that seek to improve our current process.

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has long advocated for improvements to the electoral process.  NASS recently adopted a 12-point bi-partisan election reform resolution that addresses many issues that arose during the 2000-election cycle.  The resolution provides general guidelines and goals that each state and its election officials should pursue to ensure fair and accurate elections.