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

Voter fraud is bad. Voter fraud is something we should try to prevent. That said, Kansas does not have a voter fraud problem. Kobach uses voter fraud as a carrot to dangle in front of an easily mislead voter base. And then this comes up (after the elections, of course):

The Associated Press obtained [U.S. Attorney Barry] Grissom’s response to Kobach. It included this gem: “…So we can avoid misstatements of facts for the future, for the record, we have received no voter fraud cases from your office in over four and a half years. And, I can assure you, I do know what I’m talking about.” Kris Kobach exposed in phony Kansas voter fraud claim, The Kansas City Star

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So, the election is over, and this is too late. But it’s still a good message worth sharing in preparation for future years.

As a side note, I highly recommend the VlogBrothers (Hank and John Green – John being that dude most folks know as the guy that wrote The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) YouTube channel, as well as their companion project Crash Course. Crash Course is especially useful if you’re a teacher looking for resources to spice up lesson plans.