Secretary of State John Thurston announced his campaign for re-election on Thursday, February 11th. His campaign’s statement follows:
Arkansas Secretary of State, John Thurston, announces today his intention to seek re-election for a second term.
“It has been my honor to represent and serve the citizens of Arkansas as Secretary of State since 2019,” said Thurston. “Our office is committed to providing excellent service and accessible communication to the people of Arkansas. Despite the many challenges we have faced during a world-wide pandemic, I am proud of the many accomplishments my team and I have achieved and I look forward to serving second term.”
Since taking office, Secretary Thurston has been committed to providing resources and ideas to streamline the partnership between state government, businesses of Arkansas, and various stakeholders. Most notably, the Business and Commercial Services Division of the Secretary of State Office has overseen the incorporation of over 29,000 new companies. The office’s Election Division finalized the implementation of an integrated voting system for the 2020 Presidential election by securing and providing new voting equipment for 21 counties across the state; the first time in the history of Arkansas that the entire state voted on one integrated voting system.
“My staff and I worked hand-in-hand with every county in the state to identify and address their needs and ensure every polling location was safe and secure for both voters and poll workers,” said Thurston. “Being able to provide all 75 counties with the same election equipment and personal protective equipment, along with the diligence of my staff and county election officials, made the 2020 Presidential election one of the smoothest and most trouble-free the state has ever seen. In a year faced with the challenges of COVID-19, we saw record voter turnout in the state with over 1.2 million Arkansans casting a ballot, it is truly a testament to the dedication of all involved.”
After the success of the 2020 Presidential Election, Thurston has now shifted his focus to the 2021 legislative session and the upcoming state-wide re-districting. With re-districting set to begin in Spring 2021, Secretary Thurston is committed to ensuring district lines are drawn in an honest, fair, and logical format in order to strengthen the voice of all Arkansans, including minority communities. His office will work with the Arkansas Board of Apportionment and various stakeholders to ensure the lines are thoughtfully and practically laid out.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of Arkansas as Secretary of State and look forward to continuing the important work our office has achieved.”
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