Kansas Vote Challenger Picking Up Support
October 16, 2015

(AP) – A Wichita mathematician seeking to audit voting machine tapes after finding statistical anomalies in election counts is getting legal and other support in pursuing her lawsuit.
Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson had been pursuing the case herself, but now has a Wichita lawyer representing her. Other people have set up a non-profit foundation for donations.
A Sedgwick County judge is expected to set filing deadlines and a trial date at a Monday hearing.
Clarkson has analyzed election returns in Kansas and elsewhere over several elections that indicate “a statistically significant” pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct. The pattern could indicate election fraud.
Her attorney, Randy Rathbun, says Clarkson convinced him that she is right, and somebody needed to help her.

Federal Judge Limits Evidence in Kansas Voting Case
February 5, 2014

(AP)–A judge has agreed to limit what material the court can consider in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona seeking to force federal election officials to modify voter registration forms to require proof-of-citizenship from residents in those states.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday sided with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in limiting his review to the existing administrative record, rather than hold an evidentiary hearing in the case.

The decision means that the court will hear only arguments from attorneys instead of considering any new evidence.

The election commission won its argument that any judicial review of its January decision to reject the states’ request for the documentation requirement should be limited to whether the decision was arbitrary or unlawful based only on the administrative record

ACLU Sues Kansas, Says Kobach Creating “Two-Tiered” Voting System
November 22, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the state of Kansas and Secretary of State Kris Kobach Thursday over what the ACLU called “separate and unequal” classes of voters, violating the state constitution’s guarantee for equal protection.
The issue centers around the way Secretary of State Kobach is registering voters in Kansas.
Kansas requires voters who register to provide proof of US citizenship.
The US Supreme ruled this summer voters not not have prove documents that prove they are citizens when they register. they are, however, required to swear under oath the are legal citizens or risk perjury penalties.
Kobach and the state are registering some voters who sign up at motor vehicle offices–are not using the state form–to be registered only for federal elections, not state contests.
The ACLU says that creates an illegal two-tiered voting system.
“It makes absolutely no sense that someone would be qualified to vote for president, but not for governor,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a news release.
Kobach called the lawsuit a surprise, not because he didn’t expect an ACLU challenge, but because he says he, too, does not want the split voting system.
“They’re filing to stop the very thing I want to stop as well, which is a two-tiered voting system,” Kobach told the website POLITICO. “The suit incorrectly states that Kansas is implementing the system based on memos sent out to counties to make contingency plans for it.”
The ACLU has been threatening to sue Kansas over the issue for some time.
Kobach says the two-tiered system will only be put into place if Kansas and Arizona loses its lawsuit over the clash between the state and federal forms.
According to the latest estimates about almost 18,000 Kansans have their voting rights suspended while the dispute is is being worked through.
Many of those suspended voters may live in the state’s largest counties. Those are Johnson and Wyandotte counties in suburban Kansas City and Sedgwick County, which contains the city of Wichita.

Kobach Asks for Hearing Soon for Two- Tiered Voter Plan
October 24, 2013

(AP) – Kansas and Arizona are asking a court to force a federal agency to quickly modify voter registration forms so the states can fully enforce proof-of-citizenship laws for all new voters.

The two states filed a request Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit they filed against the federal Election Assistance Commission and its top staff member. They asked for a hearing by or shortly after Nov. 12

The states want to force the commission to modify the national mail-in voter registration form to include specific proof-of-citizenship instructions for residents of Kansas and Arizona.

Officials of the states argued that they’re being forced to create separate registration systems for federal and other elections.

The U.S. Justice Department is representing the commission and didn’t immediately comment.