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Crime and Courts
2:44 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

WSU Statistician Files Lawsuit Seeking Voting Machine Paper Tapes

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A Wichita State University mathematician has filed an open records lawsuit seeking the paper tapes from electronic voting machines in Kansas.  

She hopes they will explain statistical anomalies in election returns.

Beth Clarkson is chief statistician for the National Institute for Aviation Research and holds a Ph.D. in statistics.

She sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman yesterday, and is seeking a court order allowing her to audit the machines.

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Editorial Commentary
6:30 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Who Benefits From Mandatory Voting?

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At a town-hall style meeting in Cleveland this past week, President Obama sparked a discussion in which he said that requiring Americans to vote would have a “potentially transformative” effect on the political map of the country.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Why The Low Turnout At Local Elections?

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People decry low voter turnout in local elections. In the March 3 primary election for Wichita Mayor and City Council candidates, approximately 20,000 individuals-- only 10 percent-- of nearly 200,000 registered voters cast a vote. Wichita now has a population of approximately 382,000, with 286,000 people over 18 years of age who could qualify as a voter. That means about 86,000 people in Wichita who could be voting are not on the voter registration rolls at all.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Rights Won, Rights Lost

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March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights.

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Government
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Advance Voting Problems Arise At Sedgwick County Zoo

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  Some people who went to the Sedgwick County Zoo for advance voting in Wichita on Tuesday experienced problems when trying to vote. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the problem was not with the voting machines.

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Government
11:11 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback To Decide Fate Of Voter Affiliation Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback has until March 31 to decide the fate of the Kansas GOP's plan to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.

The Legislature delivered a bill containing the plan to Brownback on Friday. He has 10 days under the state Constitution to sign the measure, to veto it or let it become law without his signature.

The bill prohibits voters registered with a political party from switching their affiliation between the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after results from the August party primaries are certified.

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Voting Laws
5:44 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kansas Voter Registrations Can Be On Hold For Years

As Kansas election officials deal with prospective voters who've not yet complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, hundreds of registrations have remained on hold for more than a year for other reasons.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage

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On August 18, 1920, Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment, providing the final ratification necessary to enact women’s suffrage.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Richard Crowson: I Vote! (By Rote)

How could the Kansas Legislature do what they did? Maybe it’s because they know the Kansas voters always sing the same song.

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Government
5:55 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Where And When You Can Vote In The April Election

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Spring elections are drawing near and starting Wednesday the Sedgwick County Elections office will mail out advance voting applications.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the ballots will go out through March 29, the Friday before the election.

"We just ask when you fill out that application to be sure that you read the instructions and complete it so we don't have a delay in getting your ballot out to you," she says.

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