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Contact: Heather Sewell
Indianapolis, IN - Yesterday, the Indiana Election Commission voted unanimously on the approval of the Voter's Bill of Rights. This rare document among the states will hold every Hoosier voter accountable, while giving them access to the election process. Secretary of State Todd Rokita applauds the Election Commission's approval of the Voter's Bill of Rights. The Voter's Bill of Rights explains in plain language what Hoosiers can expect when they come to the polls, and gives a clear explanation of the qualifications that voters must meet to exercise their right to vote. The document also includes a detailed description of the fail-safe procedures available to safeguard the rights of voters. At the direction of the Commission, the Voter's Bill of Rights will also be made available in Spanish for the May 2003 city primary.
"We have been working real hard to make voting more accessible and at the same time more accountable, " stated Secretary Rokita. "Our work in producing the Voter's Bill of Rights significantly helps do just that. I want to publicly thank the Commissioners and everyone involved in making this collaborative effort a reality-Hoosiers will be well served by this."
As the Chief Elections Officer for Indiana, it has been a primary goal of Secretary Rokita and the Election Division to ensure the rights of all voters throughout the state are protected from fraudulent acts that mar the process. "I urge every county election board to include the Voter's Bill of Rights as part of its pollworker training, and to ensure that this document is posted in every precinct to be fully accessible to Hoosier voters," stated Secretary Rokita.
In addition to working with the Election Division on the Bill of Rights, Secretary Rokita chairs the Vote Indiana Team, a group of citizens representing all parts of the voting public that will produce a framework for charting Indiana election reform for the next three to five years, including securing perhaps up to $80 million dollars in federal funding. Indiana is one of the first states to move forward with developing its plan and to publish extensive information about the planning process on the Secretary of State's website, http://www.in.gov/sos.
"I am proud of the efforts of this diverse 28 person team. This process will continue Indiana's role as a national leader in election reform," stated Secretary Rokita.