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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2001
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
Tel: 207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky to Address Somerset County Clerks Association
Presentation to Highlight Local and National Election Reform Proposals

Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 6:30 p.m.
Fairfield Community Center
61 Water Street, Fairfield

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will speak to the Somerset County Clerks Association on Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at the Fairfield Community Center located at 61 Water Street in Fairfield. 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. His presentation will begin at 6:30 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 that has received much national attention with over 100 different bills regarding election reform being considered by Congress. While the State of Maine generally leads the nation in ballot access and in voter turnout, there were also several bills before the Maine Legislature that sought to improve our current process.

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has long advocated for improvements to the electoral process. NASS adopted a 12-point bi-partisan election reform resolution in February 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. The resolution was the result of efforts by the National Election Standards Task Force appointed by NASS.

An additional Resolution on Election Reform Policies and the Federal Government was adopted by NASS during its July meeting. This resolution seeks to provide Congress with guidelines based upon the experiences of local and state election officials. Secretary Gwadosky is a member of the NASS Executive Committee and serves as President-Elect of the organization.