Kansas, Politics

“This is about gaining confidence in the results as reported. You’ve got to have a post-election audit to know the error rate and to have confidence in the final results. And we don’t have this in this county,” Clarkson said. “They’ve never looked at those paper tapes and compared them to the tabulated results that the software provides.”
Kobach on Sedgwick County election lawsuit: Time is past, votes are sealed; The Wichita Eagle

All election results should be subject to scrutiny at any time. This is why I believe so firmly in a voting system that operates like the bitcoin blockchain, allowing each vote to have a transaction on the chain that is anonymous, but verifiable against the integrity of the data as a whole. Any election can be verified by anyone with the tools and understanding of how the blockchain works.

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Kansas, Politics

Record No Votes

Not a lot of debate to offer up on this issue. This is a straight-up, you-should-know-about-this type of deal that comes out of Topeka. In a 51-67 vote, the Kansas House rejected an amendment that would require them to be accountable to their voting record by requiring those votes to be recorded for posterity – “Record All Votes.” While some votes are recorded, all too frequently the House uses voice votes on issues that allow representatives to hide behind a basic yea/nay count. This would have modified that rule via HR6004.

HR6004 Amendment Results

HR6004 Amendment Results

If you aren’t familiar with the process, votes on the house floor are recorded usually only when at least 15 members request that it be done. Otherwise, it’s a voice vote, with the Speaker determining which side wins. So generally, any relatively lopsided vote can avoid a specific record. The only real reason for this is that it allows for legislators to hide behind the process so that you as a constituent can’t ask them about the vote. It’s also downright lazy. Legislators would say it’s about “efficiency.” Bull. Continue reading

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