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Media Advisory        
January 4, 2001    
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Secretary Gwadosky to be Sworn in for 3rd Term
Constitutional Officers and State Auditor to take oath on Friday at 2:00 p.m.  

AUGUSTA--Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will begin his third term of office on Friday, January 5, 2001 when he takes his oath of office in the Maine House of Representatives Chamber.  All three of the Constitutional officers--Secretary of State, State Treasurer and Attorney General--along with the State Auditor will be sworn in during the ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

The Constitutional officers and the State Auditor were elected by a Joint Convention of the 120th Maine Legislature on December 6, 2000.  The Constitutional officers serve 2-year terms, while the State Auditor (an office set forth in statute) serves a 4-year term.

Secretary Gwadosky stated that in his third term, he would continue to seek ways to improve safety on Maine’s roadways, increase participation in our electoral process, and expand the use of technology in his department in an effort to provide more convenient and efficient government services to Maine citizens.

“I am very proud of all our accomplishments over the past few years, in particular our efforts to provide younger drivers with more experience and testing before they begin traveling on Maine’s roadways, and our efforts to encourage Maine citizens to participate in our electoral process.  These will continue to be part of my department’s focus in the next two years,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  

“I am committed to expanding my department’s current use of technology and the Internet to improve customer service and to increase citizen access to government information and services.  We now have seven on-line services available to Maine citizens and businesses, and additional e-government services will be provided in the next few months,” said Secretary Gwadosky.   “The private sector has already determined that technology is an important part of its success in the future.  Government must come to that same realization.  While Internet services will not replace traditional over-the-counter services, more citizens are looking for the convenience of e-government services as an alternative,” concluded Secretary Gwadosky.

The Secretary of State in Maine oversees the Maine State Archives, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.  These three areas include duties as diverse as licensing drivers, registering vehicles, maintaining custody of the original State Constitution and other records of permanent value, overseeing notaries public, recording all corporate filings in the state, and administering state election laws, among other responsibilities.