PITTSBURG — The Southeast Kansas Chapter of Women for Kansas is bringing in a special guest to discuss whether votes really count in our state.

Dr. Beth Clarkson has worked as a professional statistician since 1983 and specializes in basic statistical analysis for research purposes. As part of her visit to Pittsburg, she will provide insight into the statistical patterns in voting machines in Kansas.

“I ran exit polls in Sedgewick and two other counties,” Clarkson said. “With machines specifically set up to look at voting machine accuracy.”

Clarkson’s presentation will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Homer Cole Community Center. Along with discussing statistical anomalies she has noticed in elections around voting machines.

“Some of the results I found disturbing, but none were outcome altering,” Clarkson said. “So the deviations were small, but still concerning from a statistical standpoint.”

Clarkson has been studying voting machines in Kansas for almost five years and has travelled north of Wichita several times to discuss her work. This will be her first time in Southeast Kansas discussing the matter.

Women for Kansas aims to recruit, motivate and educate women who will advocate for moderate policies and actively participate in the political process. However, Clarkson’s presentation is not only for women. The group said men are always welcome to attend.

Questions should be directed to Susy Hammons at 913-832-4480.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.