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Letter in Topeka Capital-Journal: Release the Records

Today in the Topeka Capital-Journal, cjonline.com

link:
http://cjonline.com/opinion/2015-08-31/letter-release-records?utm_source=Recommendation_Widget&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=qrec&utm_content=noimage


from the letter posted: August 31, 2015 - 5:42pm

"Reports of Republicans fixing elections in Kansas became more frightening recently with the news that Secretary of State Kris Kobach won’t voluntarily give up voting machine records that are being requested by a Wichita engineer, who believes she has spotted statistical anomalies favoring GOP candidates in the 2014 election.

Kobach is asking a Sedgwick County judge to block the release of those records.

What are you trying to hide, Mr. Kobach?

Transparency in elections is paramount for the success of a democracy. Those of us who believe that seem to be in direct conflict with our own secretary of state.


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the rest at the link



Kris Kobach response to Clarkson's lawsuit: Kansas law forbids release of records so No

From Beth Clarkson's 8/28/15 newsletter:
http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=aa64e1b3819716e3e24805728&id=07bde73940


Kris Kobach Says No!

Kris Kobach filed a response to my lawsuit

He filed it last Friday, the 21st. But if it wasn't for a local reporter email me asking for a comment on it and attaching a copy earlier this week, I wouldn't have known. I have yet to receive an official copy.
Like Ms. Lehman, Kobach states that it is forbidden by Kansas law to release those record while neglecting to mention the caveat unless so ordered by a judge. This law is why I have to sue to get permission from a judge. I don't see it as a reason for him to object to a judge granting me that permission. Seems to me that it would be perfectly legal for him to respond with 'Sure, Judge, I see no problem with allowing access for this person for this purpose" with whatever caveats he feels are necessary to secure the integrity of the records.

I'm anxious to here from any legal experts on my mailing list.

What is the next step for me to take?
Can I schedule a hearing to ask a judge to grant me permission?
Do I need to file a response to their response?

Thanks to everyone for you interest and support.

Beth




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She needs legal help as quickly as possible.
Has been acting as her own lawyer.

Link to the Kobach response:
http://showmethevotes.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-08-21-Answer-of-Defendant-Kobach.pdf

Evidence Continues to Mount in Kansas Ballot Tampering Case -- And the State Won't Do Anything

Source: ivn.us

KANSAS — If one single axiom of the American justice system is correct, the wheels of justice turn very, very slowly.

Dr. Beth Clarkson, the statistician and engineer at Wichita State University who is challenging the state in court for a full audit of the votes in the 2014 election, updated her newsletter on August 23, yet more interesting news continues to develop as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach finally defends his stance.

At issue is the fact that there are numerous circumstantial issues that allude to voter machine tampering, including a statistical analysis done by Dr. Clarkson that goes against most common knowledge of how elections work.

As Dr. Clarkson says, “We already have a smoking gun, now we need to do some forensic analysis to see what it all means.”

Read more: http://ivn.us/2015/08/26/evidence-continues-mount-kansas-ballot-tampering-case-state-wont-anything/



Article by David Yee at ivn.us

Kobach and Sedgwick County Seek to Block Release of Voting Machine Records

Source: wibwnewsnow.com

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County election officials have asked a court to block the release of voting machine logs.

Kobach contends records sought by Wichita State University mathematician Beth Clarkson aren’t subject to the Kansas open records act, and their disclosure’s prohibited under state law.

Clarkson says what she’s seen so far reflects a troubling trend.

Clarkson said “This is not a random distribution. We are seeing a very definite trend here that the larger the precinct is, the higher the percentage of the Republican vote is.”


Read more: http://www.wibwnewsnow.com/kobach-and-sedgwick-county-seek-to-block-release-of-voting-machine-records/

AP article 8/23/15 -- Kansas mathematician not optimistic about suit seeking ballot audit

Update on Beth Clarkson's lawsuit in Kansas.

link:
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-08-23/mathematician-not-optimistic-about-suit-seeking-ballot-audit

from link:
WICHITA — A Wichita State University mathematician says she’s not optimistic that she’ll win her lawsuit seeking ballot information so she can perform an audit of the 2014 election.

Beth Clarkson is suing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman. She says she identified anomalies with election results in Sedgwick County and wants to audit them, The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1E8AnnU) reported.

Clarkson filed an unsuccessful suit in 2012 and told supporters in an Aug. 19 newsletter that several lawyers have told her that she would lose her case this time, too.

“Those who aren’t so definitive don’t seem particularly optimistic,” she wrote. “So far, I’ve been of the opinion that I can lose just as easily all by myself, so I’m still acting as my own attorney.”



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This situation in Kansas needs all the attention it can get.

Garbage ‘patch’ is much worse than believed, entrepreneur says

Source: sfgate

It is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — a mass of plastic floating debris estimated to be twice the size of Texas and concentrated between California and Hawaii.

But to Boyan Slat, the 21-year-old Dutch entrepreneur who is orchestrating what he envisions as the largest ocean cleanup effort in history, “patch” is far too gentle a term. He prefers “ticking time bomb.”

On Sunday, the seasick-prone Slat watched safely from on shore as the 170-foot mother ship of the 30-vessel “mega expedition” docked in San Francisco with its haul of several tons of plastic debris.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Entrepreneur-thinks-garbage-patch-is-far-6460890.php



It's a start!

There is something important happening in Kansas right now

One thing I think DU can do well is raise awareness of important issues.
There may have been election fraud in Kansas last November.
That's as important as it gets, and this issue is receiving very little attention.

I'd like to recommend this interesting OP in the Kansas forum about this.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1052598#post2
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