Todd Rokita - Indiana Secretary of State
January 1, 2007 marked the beginning of Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita's second term in office - a term dedicated to clearing a path for continued economic growth in Indiana and building on first-term accomplishments.
Under Secretary Rokita's leadership, his first four years were years of firsts for Hoosiers. For the first time, new businesses looking for a home - a place to incorporate and grow - began looking to Indiana instead of Delaware or Nevada . As chair of the Business Law Survey Commission Secretary Rokita worked with leading private sector attorneys, professors, and corporate leaders to modernize and streamline Indiana's business laws to keep pace with the changing nature of commerce.
In addition to developing a more business-friendly legal infrastructure, the Business Services Division of the Secretary of State's office launched and continues to refine its online Business Services Portal - a rich resource designed to help entrepreneurs navigate legal requirements and government regulations associated with starting a business. These efforts represent only a small sample of initiatives that have earned Secretary Rokita's office recognition as an e-government pioneer.
In elections, for the first time, every Indiana polling place is equipped to allow voters with disabilities to privately and independently cast their ballots. All county voter lists are now linked and updated in real time to eliminate duplicate registrations - saving taxpayer dollars and improving the integrity of our election process for Hoosier voters. And in 2007, for the first time, Hoosiers will have the opportunity to test Vote Centers - a concept that leverages technology to update our election process, allowing us to vote the way we live, with confidence, and not bound by the traditional precinct structure.
In the area of Securities, Secretary Rokita created a specialized unit to target and bring to justice the worst-of-the-worst white-collar criminals. By working with law enforcement throughout the state, the Prosecution Assistance Unit has helped file charges in 26 high-profile investment fraud cases in Indiana, and has established a 19-1 conviction-to-dismissal ratio with more than 175 years of jail time sentenced. And for the first time, a statewide investor education program is teaching Hoosiers how to be smarter investors by avoiding pitfalls created by scam artists.
Hoosiers have been forthcoming in offering their gratitude to Secretary Rokita for his diligent work in moving the state on the path of progress; and Hoosiers aren't the only ones who have recognized his commitment to public service. Secretary Rokita has been slated by his fellow Secretaries of State to lead them as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). He was elected by his peers nationally to serve on the nine-member Executive Board of the federal Election Assistance Commission's (EAC) Standards Board, and served as a member of the EAC's working group on voting fraud and voter intimidation. Secretary Rokita has testified before the United States Congress and spoken from coast to coast on Indiana's model election reforms. He has also served as Chair of NASS' New Millennium Young Voters Summit of 2004, Chair of the standing NASS Voter Participation Committee and Vice Chair of the NASS Securities Regulation Committee.