Show Me The Votes - Beth Clarkson

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Raised by 104 people in 17 months
Eileen Jones
on behalf of Beth Clarkson
 WICHITA, KS
Ph.D. statistician Beth Clarkson would like to audit the voting machines in Sedgwick County, Kansas to verify that they are accurately counting the votes cast.  

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:

ShowMeTheVotes.org

How Trustworthy Are Electronic Voting Systems in the U.S.?

Newsletter
 

BethClarkson.com

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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Update 7
Posted by Eileen Jones
4 months ago
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Dr. Beth Clarkson will be running citizen's exit polls on Election Day, with trained volunteers under her supervision staffing three sites in Wichita (Sedgwick County) and additional sites in Cowley and Sumner counties. She believes the resulting data will be sufficient to evaluate the accuracy of our voting machines in this election. The hope is that the results will be reassuring. Any results that are not, should be audited.

If you are receiving this message, then you have donated to the cause, and I wanted you to know how Beth has been using this time and your money to continue the fight for the integrity of our elections.

Beth's appeal (seeking permission to audit the results of the last election in Sedgwick County) has been in the works for awhile and is expected to take months. While that legal process grinds on, Beth has spoken at several venues about the integrity of our elections, and has organized the exit poll project.

Beth has developed exit polling paperwork and training materials and readied her volunteers for Election Day. She has spent money on printing, banners, flyers, pins, and other miscellaneous items to conduct the exit poll. Thanks to your generous support these expenses have been covered (though the coffers are now empty). For more information on the exit poll project please see Beth's latest newsletter: http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=aa64e1b3819716e3e24805728&id=3335dd6502

Thank you for your support which has made it possible for Beth to continue this work. We'll keep you posted on the results of the exit polling when the data have been evaluated. And, of course, we'll keep you informed of any new developments regarding Beth's appeal and her ongoing effort to gain permission to audit the results of the last election.

Stay tuned!
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Update 6
Posted by Eileen Jones
13 months ago
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Feb. 19, 2016. Here is the outcome of yesterday's hearing on the government's Motion to Summarily Dismiss Dr. Clarkson's lawsuit.

The judged denied the state's Motion to Dismiss her lawsuit, but also ruled that she cannot access the paper tapes from the voting machines. Without the paper tapes she cannot perform an audit. Her attorney will immediately appeal.

Here is the newsletter:
http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=aa64e1b3819716e3e24805728&id=cb7df8335c&e=05541346e2

Beth has been busy working for legislation to require voting machine audits, and for a more secure and reliable voting system (preferably paper ballots and paper voter rolls) in Sedgwick and other counties. Last week she testified before the state House Elections Committee on proposed legislation that would require voting machine audits. On Feb. 19 she presented her elections data at a symposium on election law organized by KU Law. Beth continues to raise awareness that our voting systems need to be more transparent and secure.

A link to sign up for Beth's newsletter appears below. Her newsletters contain more detail.

Thanks to all of you for your support of Beth's efforts to ensure our elections are transparent and our votes are being counted. Thanks to her attorney as well.
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Update 5
Posted by Eileen Jones
14 months ago
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Support Needed at Public Hearing on February 18th

The state has filed a motion to ask the court to summarily dismiss Beth's lawsuit. The judge will hear arguments in a public hearing at 1:30 on February 18 at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 N. Main, Wichita, Kansas.

Dr. Clarkson advises that if granted, this judgment would destroy her chance of performing an audit. Please attend the public hearing if you can. Thank you.
- Eileen Jones

http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=aa64e1b3819716e3e24805728&id=c4b0b8525c
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Update 4
Posted by Eileen Jones
14 months ago
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Today Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has proposed that the state legislature allow audits of elections beginning in 2017.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article56474273.html

At every turn Secretary Kobach and other state officials have opposed Dr. Clarkson's efforts to audit voting machine results from the 2014 election in Sedgwick County. As a result she has sued the government for access. Her court date is March 22.

Secretary Kobach's interestingly timed proposal to allow audits beginning in 2017 would seem to be good news. However, even if the legislature were to create such legislation, that would not shed any light on the voting machine results from the 2014 election in which Dr. Clarkson has identified statistical anomalies.
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Claude Jvip
17 months ago
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It happens. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/29/uk-election-ballot-papers-stolen-van-thieves-london

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Claude Jvip
17 months ago
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 "No one could ever determine precisely how many voters who were incorrectly labeled felons were turned away from the polls. But the US Civil Rights Commission launched a major investigation into the 2000 election fiasco, and its acting general counsel, Edward Hailes, did the math the best that he could. If 12,000 voters were wrongly purged from the rolls, and 44 percent of them were African-American, and 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Gore, that meant 4,752 black Gore voters—almost nine times Bush’s margin of victory—could have been prevented from voting. It’s not a stretch to conclude that the purge cost Gore the election. “We did think it was outcome-determinative,” Hailes said." http://www.thenation.com/article/how-the-2000-election-in-florida-led-to-a-new-wave-of-voter-disenfranchisement/

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Dallas Uhrich
14 months ago
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Keep it up, Beth!

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$4,115 of $100k goal

Raised by 104 people in 17 months
Created October 12, 2015
Eileen Jones  
on behalf of Beth Clarkson
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Anonymous
3 months ago
MB
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Michael Burks
4 months ago
WB
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william barnett
4 months ago

Good luck Beth!

BC
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Beverly Crowe
4 months ago

Votes must be verified or our democracy will fail.

MF
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Matt Faunce
4 months ago

I value democracy, so I value this effort.

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Anonymous
4 months ago
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Aileen Alex
8 months ago
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SC
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Steve Carter
9 months ago
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A real movement will start when everybody, including politicians, begins to repeat some idea like this (over and over): WHEN THE VOTE IS COUNTED IN SECRET WITHOUT VERIFICATION, THERE CAN BE NO DEMOCRACY.

JM
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Judith M Malone
11 months ago
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McCall Credle Rosenthal
12 months ago
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Claude Jvip
17 months ago
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It happens. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/29/uk-election-ballot-papers-stolen-van-thieves-london

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Claude Jvip
17 months ago
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 "No one could ever determine precisely how many voters who were incorrectly labeled felons were turned away from the polls. But the US Civil Rights Commission launched a major investigation into the 2000 election fiasco, and its acting general counsel, Edward Hailes, did the math the best that he could. If 12,000 voters were wrongly purged from the rolls, and 44 percent of them were African-American, and 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Gore, that meant 4,752 black Gore voters—almost nine times Bush’s margin of victory—could have been prevented from voting. It’s not a stretch to conclude that the purge cost Gore the election. “We did think it was outcome-determinative,” Hailes said." http://www.thenation.com/article/how-the-2000-election-in-florida-led-to-a-new-wave-of-voter-disenfranchisement/

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Dallas Uhrich
14 months ago
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Keep it up, Beth!

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