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I was the Secretary of State of New Jersey in November 2000.
by DeForest Soaries

I was the Secretary of State of New Jersey in November 2000.
I paid careful attention to the challenges that stemmed
from inadequate voting systems in various places.
- DeForest Soaries

The Election Assistance Commission represents a major,
unprecedented commitment from the federal government
to sustained freedom and vibrant democracy.
I am humbled by the prospect of being one its charter members.
- DeForest Soaries

Beyond that, states had to also have electronic voting
machines that made it possible for people who are physically
handicapped to vote in private...
and the computerized voting machine made it very easy for,
particularly, the blind.
- DeForest Soaries

I found that there is very little interest in Washington
for true election reform.
That neither the White House nor either house of the
Congress seems to be as committed to guaranteeing democratic
participation in this country as we seem to be in other countries.
- DeForest Soaries

 

When public access to voting is impaired or when public
confidence in voting is diluted,
democracy suffers and our freedom is less secure.
- DeForest Soaries

Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into
the principle of the consent of the governed.
- DeForest Soaries

What we say is that democracy means that you have the
right to vote without intimidation and undue burdens.
But if you stand in line for six hours,
technically, today there is no document,
no standard, no law that says that that's wrong.
- DeForest Soaries

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We have no basis for having a recall of any particular
type of voting equipment because there are no standards.
And when we do have standards, even these standards
are required to be voluntary.
- DeForest Soaries

We had to depend on other institutions to do research on our behalf.
We had to use the information that already existed
to craft the best practices to distribute throughout the country.
And we had to do all of that in ten months.
- DeForest Soaries

When Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002,
I was thrilled to learn that the federal government
would offer resources to all states to assist them
in enhancing the voting process in America.
- DeForest Soaries

And when people in power can stay in power they do
very little to tinker with the apparatus that put them in power.
- DeForest Soaries

When I was growing up, we used to play basketball in
a park that was never shoveled when it snowed.
The basketball rims were never fixed.
And we understood then that there was a relationship
between public policy and our quality of life.
- DeForest Soaries

My sense was that most of the elected officials in Washington -
in their heart of hearts -
really believe that the system can't be too bad because it produced them.
- DeForest Soaries

I started out as a 16 year old registering people to vote.
- DeForest Soaries

It's an embarrassment that we don't have a broad enough
consensus among political leaders that true reform should take place.
I could count the members of Congress on one hand that
took these issues seriously.
- DeForest Soaries

The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral.
His task is to exercise civilian control over the Department
for the Commander-in-Chief and the country.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I have great respect for President Bush,
Secretary Powell and Secretary Ridge.
- Elton Gallegly

The film kept me from working as a secretary.
It was a real stroke of luck.
A miracle.
- Victoria Abril

The most important aspect of the relationship between
the president and the secretary of state is that they
both understand who is president.
- Dean Acheson

Responsibility without power, the fate of the secretary through the ages.
- Ariel Dorfman

If you have a good selling idea, your secretary can write your ad for you.
- Morris Hite

The president of the United States and his secretary
of state were made honorary Hebrews.
- Julius Streicher

The need for a permanent status resolution approved
by Congress is made even more clear to me because of
my experience as a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- Dick Thornburgh

Secretary of State Colin Powell, thank you so much,
as always, for joining us this morning.
- Hannah Storm

It is not for the State Department or even the Secretary
of State to say when and how the resources of the American people will be spent.
- Mike Pence

My mother's a secretary; my father's an electrician in a mining company.
- Eva Herzigova

When things haven't gone well for you,
call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out.
You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I think I will serve as secretary of state as my last public position.
- Hillary Clinton

There's no such thing as the United Nations.
If the U.N.
secretary building in New York lost 10 stories,
it wouldn't make a bit of difference.
- John Bolton

Secretary Rumsfeld used to represent parts of our district in the 1960s.
I think that he and his team have done a masterful
job in defeating Iraqi forces quickly and decisively.
- Mark Kirk

Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph
machine and he thinks he is secretary of state.
- David Dean Rusk

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse,
abandon your children.
But they remain your co-authors forever.
- Ellen Goodman

Oh, you know.
I am secretary of state.
My trips aren't successful.
I just talk to people.
- George P. Shultz

I'm not a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld.
I don't think he listens enough to his uniformed officers.
- Trent Lott

I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose,
I copy all myself.
- Venerable Bede

These soldiers deserve a better defense secretary than the one we have.
- Bill Kristol

The first thing the secretary types is the boss.
- Donald Trump

I think any man in business would be foolish to fool
around with his secretary.
If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
- Barry Goldwater

President Bush has had an outstanding Secretary of
State in Colin Powell and there are not many people who could replace him,
making Condoleezza Rice an excellent choice.
- Michael Crapo

I was with the U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell,
which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war.
- Michael Ignatieff

Being a secretary was considered a very good job in those days.
- Brenda Blethyn

The day I became press secretary to the President of the United States,
I was in an entirely different world from the one I'd been in the day before.
- Pierre Salinger

I was with Ted Turner when he came to see Kofi Annan -
the Secretary-General of the UN -
to announce his decision to put $1 billion to the service
of UN projects and programs.
- Maurice Strong

(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the
cliche and the indiscretion.
- Harold MacMillan

Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience
with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning
men who ought to be shot.
- Elihu Root

If I could have anything right now, it would be the
ability to continue as secretary of state.
- Kevin Shelley

Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue
that has ever been before this administration except
for those instances where Colin's still learning.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I was something of a prankster.
One time I put a ski mask on my head and used a fake
gun on the school secretary so that I could get some
of my friends out of detention.
- Luke Perry

We know darned well that in Bosnia, certain governments
and the secretary had said tens of thousands are needed
in Srebrenica and those people were never provided.
- Alex Morrison

Rock Hudson let his gay agent marry him off to his
secretary because he didn't want people to get the right idea.
- Anthony Perkins

As Secretary of Housing, I do have to express alarm,
signal the alarm if you will, that the potential for
homelessness to grow is there.
- Henry Cisneros

My job is to give the president and secretary of defense
military advice before they know they need it.
- John W. Vessey, Jr.

I think Secretary's funny, it is about sex,
and there's a lot of sex in it, sex is the key,
but you're talking about a lot of other complicated things.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal

Sex is the most beautiful thing that can take place
between a happily married man and his secretary.
- Barry Humphries

As God as my witness, they said, We're above the law.
There's nothing you can do to us.
You're just a church secretary.
- Jessica Hahn

I didn't run off with the secretary.
It made it seem like I had committed adultery and then
ran off with a secretary,
neither of which happened.
- Randall Terry

My dog can bark like a congressman, fetch like an aide,
beg like a press secretary and play dead like a receptionist when the phone rings.
- Gerald B. H. Solomon

Later in that administration, I was asked to take a
job which I had to turn down as Assistant Secretary
of State for Economic Affairs because we were just
then putting together the merger of two small law firms
that became this law firm.
I couldn't leave them at that point.
- Lloyd Cutler

Margaret had close links with Geneva where she had
spent some years as a student while her parents had
been wardens of the Quaker Hostel there and where she
had gone back as secretary to Gilbert Murray.
- James Meade

One of my favorite episodes was the one in which Homer grew hair.
That was a very unique episode, since there was a gay secretary,
but that wasn't even the issue of the show-the issue
was Homer's image changing because he had hair.
- Dan Castellaneta

You do not export democracy through the Defense Department
or the Defense Secretary.
You do it through trade agreements, through the Department
of Commerce and favorable agreements with our friends
and neighbors across the globe.
- Stephen F. Lynch

President Bush, Secretary of State Rice,
and several cabinet level officials have visited Alabama's
Gulf Coast in recent days to tour the devastation and
to offer their continuing support and prayers for everyone affected by the storm.
- Jo Bonner

Their educations ended with high school -
my father going to work as a clerk and then salesman
in a company dealing in printing and stationary,
and my mother working as a secretary and then bookkeeper
in a firm of wool merchants.
- Martin Lewis Perl

The School Energy Crisis Relief Act authorizes the
Secretary of Energy to issue energy assistance grants
to help the poorest school districts across the Nation
offset these unexpected and challenging costs.
- Joe Baca

Even Colin Powell who was everywhere before he became secretary of state,
just stopped going out.
I think part of it was he didn't want to be viewed
suspiciously by the other people in the White House who rarely go anywhere.
- Sally Quinn

We took an approach, supported by the Prime Minister,
the Home Secretary and the Mayor for London,
that we had very real fears of violence and damage
being caused across the streets of London.
- Michael Todd

And the Marshall Plan, to us, meant a general who had
turned into a secretary of state,
and that the secretary of state saw the necessity of
the reconstruction of these European countries that had suffered so heavily.
- Giovanni Agnelli

Also for me it was different because I play a lot of
villains and in this one I play a dad and I play a good guy,
basically.
He's the Secretary of the Treasury.
I never had a job like that.
- Christopher Walken

No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary -
not the top jobs.
Anyway, I wouldn't want to be prime minister;
you have to give yourself 100 percent.
- Margaret Thatcher

John Foster Dulles had called on me in his capacity as Secretary of State,
and he had exhausted every argument to persuade me
to place Cambodia under the protection of the South
East Asia Treaty Organization.
- Norodom Sihanouk

Zhvania was the general secretary of the organisation which I founded,
the Citizens' Union.
It was the biggest organisation and came first in all elections,
and Zhvania was the leader.
- Eduard Shevardnadze


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