Statistician Identified Voting Irregularity In Kansas – Sues For Hard Record To Confirm

One of the often cited concerns of electronic voting is the lack of hard record. Indeed, Black Box Voting has been reporting on this concern now for over a decade. As the statistical models become analyzed, patterns begin to appear which no longer reflect history. In short, elections stop making sense, mathematically. One statistician has decided to do something about it.

Dr. Beth Clarkson is, according to her website, “Chief Statistician at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR); Senior Research Engineer and Chief Statistician for the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP); and Co-Chair of the Statistics Working Group and founding board member of the Composite Materials Handbook (CMH-17).” In short, she is highly skilled at analyzing, decoding, and drawing conclusions from statistics. The perfect person to review election results to identify trends, or irregularities.

Without access to the original record, however, her study is indirect. In her study, what she has found indicates an irregularity in the voting results, where the larger a district, the more the swing from Democrat to Republican can be noticed. This was first noted by former NSA analyst Michael Duniho, who uncovered the digital fingerprint of voting machine tampering in the 2012 elections. To identify if this is a true case, someone with the needed skills needs to cross-reference the electronic results against the paper roll master, and Dr. Clarkson aims to be that person.

On April 1st, she then filed suit against Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State, and Tabith Lehman, the Elections Commissioner for the county of Sedwick, Kansas, to gain access to these very paper roll data records. This is of a small enough area to be easy to process, but holds a large enough sample to verify the statistics. In short, this is a microcosm for elections we can then expand to cover a much larger area, one random enough to prevent bias.

The irregularities regarding electronic voting continue to pile up. From unauthorized software patches to flipping votes, the concerns over electronic voting machines continue to mount. Even former employees of the companies which make the voting machines have alleged culpability in election fraud, and falsifying records.

That Dr. Clarkson had to sue to gain access to these records is truly the troubling bit. Elections depend on being open and honest, so as to give those elected authority. By hiding this information, elected officials are undermining the very authority they need in order to operate. With this secrecy over our elections, it is no wonder that trust in our government is so poor.

We wish the good Doctor much luck in her suit. If the Kansas’ government had nothing to hide, it would agree to turn over the records for analysis. Do the right thing Kansas.