C-SPAN to Broadcast Youth Voters Summit

Contact: Cam Savage

Secretary of State Rokita will lead Panel Discussion

Indianapolis, IN - The public affairs cable television network C-SPAN plans to broadcast a portion of the 2004 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) New Millennium Young Voters Summit on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 live on C-SPAN 1 from 1:55 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The C-SPAN coverage will include a panel discussion moderated by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita titled Voter Education: A Perspective From Young Adults. Among the panelists will be representatives from the college Democrat, Green, Libertarian and Republican parties as well as a representative from the Federal Voting Assistance Project.

Four students from Indiana are attending the summit with Rokita, Terre Haute North High School seniors A.J. Patton and Andrew Grimes, Indiana University - East student Paul Martin, and Meghann Thomas, a student at William and Mary University.

C-SPAN coverage is scheduled to include:

    1:55 PM-2:25 PM - Congressional Panel: How the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) Affects Young People
    Will this new federal law affect youth participation?
    Leon Sequeira, Office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    Ronnie Gillespie, U.S. Senate Rules Committee Minority Staff
    Pat Leahy, U.S. Committee on House Administration Majority Staff
    Keith Abouchar, Office of U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Democratic Whip

    2:25 PM-3:00 PM - Voter Education: A Perspective From Young Adults
    Young adults give election officials their views on how to improve voter education
    College Democrats of America, Stephanie Sanchez
    College Greens Network, Jason Ravin
    College Libertarians, Andrew Bradley
    College Republican National Committee, Michael Krueger
    Federal Voting Assistance Project/Military & Overseas Voters, Scott Wiedmann