Vote counts from electronic voting machines show patterns that are unexpected and unexplained and are different from patterns from paper ballots. This pattern has been identified in multiple elections (different years and states). The only way to rule out election fraud is to audit the paper trail if it exists. With Ph.D.s in both statistics and math and a long career in quality control, Dr. Clarkson is well qualified to perform an audit. The state of Kansas denied her access to the paper tapes and she has sued the government for access.
Show Me The Votes Foundation has been created in support of this project. Some links to more information:
How Trustworthy Are Electronic Voting Systems in the U.S.?
The following is Dr. Beth Clarkson's description of this project.
This Chart illustrates the breakdown of the Republican vote by voting machine type in a cumulative sum model for 2014 Wisconsin Governor's race.
The green line - paper ballots only - is what is generally expected when there is no correlation between the number of votes cast in a ward, and the Republican vote.
The purple lines show a pattern that does have a statistically significant linear trend with my model. It does show a different pattern, but it is not the pattern that I find concerning.
The three red lines show the pattern of increasing Republican votes with size of precinct. This is the pattern I am concerned about. This is a pattern that is consistent with a hypothesis of election fraud being perpetrated. While it is difficult to verify elections that have used the DRE machines, which record votes as a result of a voter pushing buttons rather than marking a ballot, the machines used in Sedgwick County, Kansas do run a paper record, made at the time the voter casts their vote to record their intention. I would like to audit the voting machines in Sedgwick County, Kansas to verify that they are accurately counting the votes cast.
I don't know what the costs will be. I have an attorney who has volunteered to help, but if the government refuses to grant me access, I'll need to find resources to continue the legal fight. On the other hand, if the judge finds in my favor and grants me access, I will be assessed whatever the reasonable costs are for accessing those records. One of their arguments against granting my request is the difficulty involved in accessing those records, so I expect to need assistance in covering those costs.
Thank you for your support. It is regrettable that voting machine audits are not routinely performed by our election officials and paid for by tax dollars. But - at least in Sedgwick County - an audit has never been done before.
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