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10/22/15 Secretary of State Dismissed from Voting Machine Lawsuit -- two articles

link:
http://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/secretary-state-dismissed-voting-machine-lawsuit

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, by Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The top election official in Kansas was dismissed as a defendant from the lawsuit filed by a Wichita mathematician seeking voting machine tapes after finding statistical anomalies in election counts. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in a statement Thursday he was pleased but not surprised. The move leaves Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman, whose office actually has the tapes, as the only defendant in the case. Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson wants the tapes to do a statistical model by checking the error rate on electronic voting machines used at a Sedgwick County voting station during the November 2014 general election. Kobach says the law is clear regarding auditing procedures and contends he should have never been a party to the lawsuit in the first place.


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link to second article:
http://ksnt.com/2015/10/22/secretary-kobach-dismissed-from-clarkson-statistician-lawsuit/

Kobach dismissed from statistician’s lawsuit
By Zoe Brown Published: October 22, 2015

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been officially dismissed from a lawsuit filed by Wichita statistician Elizabeth Clarkson.

Clarkson was requesting access to ballots in order to audit election results.

A release from Kobach’s office says he was pleased, but not surprised, with the dismissal. Kobach stated, “The letter of the law is clear regarding the auditing procedures of election ballots; we were dismissed as a party to this lawsuit because we should have never been a party in the first place.” He said the Secretary of State’s Office did not have custody of the ballots and did not have the authority to direct others to give Clarkson access.

Kobach also believes that, if the courts interpret the ballot custody statutes correctly, Clarkson’s access to the ballots will be denied again.

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Kobach believes that "if the courts interpret the ballot custody statutes correctly, Clarkson's access to the ballots will be denied again."

His arrogance is breathtaking.





Kansas judge sets trial date for lawsuit over voting machines

from Beth Clarkson's newsletter:
http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=aa64e1b3819716e3e24805728&id=bf0124e35b

Discovery Hearing October 19th, 2015

Judge Douglas Roth held the discovery hearing at 11:00 this morning. This was a short and somewhat informal hearing.
Kris Kobach was officially dropped as a defendant and had no representation present for that reason.

The following dates were agreed to:


Discovery Cut-off: Dec. 31, 2015
Pre-trial Conference: Jan 14, 2016, 1:30 pm
Dispositive Motion Deadline: Jan 27, 2016
Bench Trial Mar 22, 2016 9:00 am

Afterward, my attorney and I were interviewed immediately afterwards for KSN news. http://ksnt.com/2015/10/19/voting-machine-lawsuit-moves-ahead/

Judge Sets March Bench Trial in Lawsuit over Voting Machines

Source: kansaspublicradio.org

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The lawsuit filed by a Wichita mathematician seeking voting machine tapes after finding statistical anomalies in election counts is set to go to trial early next year. A scheduling order issued Monday sets a one-day bench trial for March 22 to hear the open records case brought by Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson. Sedgwick County Judge Douglas Roth also set deadlines for motions and scheduled a January 14 pretrial conference. Clarkson wants the tapes to do a statistical model by checking the error rate on electronic voting machines used at a Sedgwick County voting station during the November 2014 general election. Top election officials for Kansas and Sedgwick County want the court to block the release of tapes, arguing they are not subject to the open records act.

Read more: http://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/headlines-monday-october-19-2015



Glad to see this!

Kansas mathematician Beth Clarkson's Show Me the Votes Foundation opens

from Beth Clarkson's 10/14/15 newsletter:
http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=aa64e1b3819716e3e24805728&id=8e8ce5e1ab

Show Me The Votes Foundation is open.

I've now got a non-profit foundation set up to take donations together with a gofundme site. https://www.gofundme.com/showmethevotes

I appreciate all the correspondence and interest I've generated with my quest for data here in Wichita. With your help to handle the inevitable legal expenses, I know I'll succeed.

Many Thanks to Paul Klusman, a master of the art of Internet Cat Videos, for being kind enough to put together the video. I also want to thank Eileen Jones for setting up the site. I don't know when I've have managed that.

Dr. Bob Scott, retired WSU prof and independent businessman and Denney Clements, http://www.amazon.com/Bleeding-Kansas-2-0-Denney-Clements-ebook/dp/B00MJDCJK0/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444870503&sr=8-1&keywords=Denney+Clements semi-retired writer and editor have agreed to serve on my board of directors for the Show Me The Votes Foundation. In addition to covering expenses, I hope to have enough donations to be able to arrange to pay my employer for my time spent on this going forward. Bob and Denney will make sure the money goes towards this project and not to my bank account.

Beth Clarkson

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Looking forward to tomorrow, date of the discovery hearing!

10/1/15 Salina Journal editorial "Voting for the truth in Kansas"

From the editorial by Steve Haynes, president and publisher, Nor’West Newspapers, Oberlin:

"It’s hard to understand why state officials, especially Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who worries so much about voter fraud, are making it so difficult for a Wichita State University researcher to check the accuracy of Kansas voting machines.

Statistician Beth Clarkson says voting results seem to show a pattern, an “anomaly,” that could indicate the results are not accurate or have been manipulated. She wants to audit the results, and so far has filed two lawsuits to get access to voting records.

Maybe she’s wrong. Maybe there’s nothing to worry about. But when a legitimate expert says there could be a problem with votes being manipulated, don’t voters deserve a full-scale check?

So far, Kobach and county election officials have stonewalled Ms. Clarkson, saying two state laws make it illegal to give her what she wants."


More at the link:
http://www.salina.com/opinion/editorials/voting-for-the-truth-in-kansas/article_1f474a43-4f7d-5c16-bd4a-8047c20509ba.html





Looking forward to the Oct. 19th discovery hearing that's coming up.
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