Consider again: First, a university mathematician and recognized statistical expert has serious misgivings about voting patterns in the November 2014 state elections – serious enough that she has gone to court seeking records of the balloting.
Second, Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and the state’s chief election officer, is to ensure purity in the public vote. But now he could hardly care less.
In nearly every sector of American professional conduct, when mistakes are made or errors are suspected, people in charge want to know how, or why. It is in their nature, even rooted in their psyche, to get to the bottom of things when they go awry.
Not our Secretary of State.
Wichita State University mathematician Beth Clarkson has found enough suspicious patterns in this election to suspect that “some voting systems were being sabotaged.”
Kobach doesn’t want to know, and he doesn’t want Clarkson to find out. Clarkson has gone to court in what is likely a futile quest for the records. Kobach has resisted on grounds of two statutes that prevent officials from releasing the ballots for an audit. Kobach says it’s a crime to reveal the contents of any ballot, even if no names are involved. Judges have the power to order ballots unsealed if an election is challenged, but the period for this challenge has expired.
Nonetheless, Clarkson has revealed serious questions and statistical evidence that the Kansas elections for governor and a U.S. Senate seat may have been seriously corrupted. To this, Kobach has nothing to say. Not a word. He has no interest in asking