Supreme Court approves new districts, sides with voter groups

TALLAHASSEE — In a ruling that could alter the landscape of politics in Central Florida and across the state, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with voter-rights groups challenging the Legislature’s attempts to redraw 27 congressional districts. Justices adopted the districts sought by the League of Women Voters and other groups who sued lawmakers,…

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Here’s What Bothers Me About Kentucky’s Election

Reposted from Karoli at Crooks & Liars dot com. Kentucky has me stumped. Honestly, it does. I’ve been talking about it with various people and it just makes no damn sense. Look at these races. Compare the number of votes cast for Democrats. Jack Conway: 426,964 Alison Lundergan Grimes 493,600 Andy Beshear 479,929 Adam Edelen…


America’s Aging Voting Machines

In his victory speech after his re-election in 2012, President Obama offered special thanks to those Americans who had stood in long lines to vote — some of whom were still waiting even as he spoke — and then offhandedly added, “by the way, we have to fix that.” The line got big applause, but…


‘Voting Machines Are Being Manipulated’ – Kansas Statistician Explains Her Remarkable Allegations, Evidence

Whether statistician Beth Clarkson, PhD, head of Wichita University’sNational Institute for Aviation Research, is ultimately proven correct, today’s must-listen, in-depth interview with her on The BradCast should remind us all, once again, why neither election officials nor voting systems are simply to be trusted. Without the ability to carry out public oversight, democracy vanishes. That’s…


Democratic group accuses GOP candidates of illegally coordinating with Koch political network

A Democratic legal watchdog group has filed a new Federal Election Commission complaint against 11 GOP presidential candidates, the Republican National Committee and several groups in the Koch political network, saying their participation in a data-sharing arrangement violates coordination rules. In a complaint sent to the commission last week, the American Democracy Legal Fund seized…


Beth Clarkson: Allow an audit of voting tapes

Some Kansans appear to see my research into the integrity of our electronic voting machines as an attack on Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, and on Tabitha Lehman, the Sedgwick County election commissioner. Others appear to see my statistical analysis of voting results in 2014 as an attempt to overturn that year’s elections….

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington to listen to oral arguments in a voting rights case. In last week’s elections, Alabama Republicans shrank their once-powerful Democratic opponents to just eight seats in the state Senate, all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. Republicans, they argue, relied too heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census.The case goes before the Supreme Court Wednesday. Last year a conservative majority on the court effectively blocked a key component of the Voting Rights Act, and this case will be watched closely for signs that the rest of the law could be in peril. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Kansas’ Kris Kobach Exceeded His Election Authority, Rules Judge

Topeka judge has denied a move by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to quash a lawsuit challenging the state’s two-tier voter registration system and said Kobach has exceeded his authority with the way he runs elections. Micah Kubic, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Kansas and Missouri, called the ruling a…


Kobach and Sedgwick County Seek to Block Release of Voting Machine Records

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County election officials have asked a court to block the release of voting machine logs.  Kobach contends records sought by Wichita State University mathematician Beth Clarkson aren’t subject to the Kansas open records act, and their disclosure’s prohibited under state law.  Clarkson says what she’s seen so…

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