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Contact: Jen Fanger
Washington, DC - Today, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita joins a panel of election policy leaders at the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project Conference to discuss lessons learned from the 2006 mid-term elections and the potential impact of federal and state reforms currently under consideration.
Rokita has worked during the months of February and March throughout the country to ensure that Hoosier voices are heard in the growing national discussion on election policy reform.
"We've made great strides in improving the electoral process for voters, and now we need to give recent reforms time to take full effect," said Rokita. "There are some proposals circulating that would reverse reform measures at a significant cost to Hoosier taxpayers. We simply need to be certain we're weighing in and providing Indiana's perspective."
In February, Rokita joined fellow secretaries of state in Washington, DC for a conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) - a group for which he is president-elect. As the states' chief election officials discussed pending legislation, Rokita and many of his colleagues advocated that any further election reform mandates must come with full funding and ample implementation time.
Rokita sent a similar message in a February 22, 2007 resolution he drafted as one of nine Executive Board members of the Federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards Board. The full text of Resolution 2007-01 may be found at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_022007.asp
Earlier this week, Rokita participated in a three-day planning session to form the work and research agenda of The Pew Charitable Trusts Make Voting Work initiative. The work group, comprising election administrators and researchers from around the country, took part in dialogue related to voter information web sites, data and transaction standards in elections, Election Day registration and election audits.
"My objective is to bring the real interests of Indiana voters and election administrators to the table," said Rokita. "We have strong election policies and practices in place in our state. Our County Clerks and Election Boards work hard to maintain election integrity and to guarantee that every legitimate vote counts. Because of that dedication, Indiana has earned a place at the forefront of national election policy discussion."