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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:

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

9/21/15 Update -- Kansas mathematician Beth Clarkson has a lawyer and a discovery hearing

link to her newsletter:

from her post:

I have a lawyer and a discovery hearing!

I was able to discuss my case with several lawyers over the past few months. My thanks to everyone who has offered their support. Randy Rathbun of Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer, LC, http://www.depewgillen.com/ offered his services pro bono. He had a number of admirable qualities, but the one most important to me was his attitude that my goal of getting access to those records was attainable. He’s also a local attorney and a fellow Sedgwick County voter.

I was able to speak with the Sedgwick County Courthouse regarding scheduling of a discovery hearing. It's to be at 1:00 October 19th. My understanding is that this is a short (~15 min) hearing to determine the amount of time needed to schedule a trial. I don't know more than that, but I'm grateful to have legal counsel arranged before this occurs.
I'm scheduled to be on the Radio Sunday, Sept. 27th.

"Keep Hope Alive Radio Show with Jesse Jackson"

9/2/15 Update on Beth Clarkson's Kansas voting records lawsuit

From her newsletter:

Showing the votes is too much trouble

It's unnecessarily burdensome to the defendent

That's from Paragraph 17 in Lehman's response is asking the judge to refuse my request to gain access to R.T.A.L. voting records. There's more, but that seems the closest to a legitimate reason to me in her 8 page response. An audit is ALWAYS a great deal of trouble and work. I can understand that. It's just not a sufficient reason IMO and I hope a judge will feel similarly.

Legal aid is forthcoming.

A bit of good news. I've talked with two different lawyers this week willing to assist me. Both of them have an attitude that this case can and should be won. I'm to expect a notice of a discovery hearing sometime in the next week, scheduled for sometime in the next month. I'm grateful that I won't have to go to it alone.

No newsletters for the next three weeks.

I don't expect anything further to happen until the discovery hearing. In addition, I have professional and personal priorities that I have to deal with over the course of the next three weeks. I will have only occasional access to email during that time, so please forgive my tardiness in responses to email.

Thanks for all the support.


Letter in Topeka Capital-Journal: Release the Records

Today in the Topeka Capital-Journal, cjonline.com


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.

the rest at the link

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