Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says Kathy Nickolaus failed to properly report state Supreme Court election results on election night, but her conduct was not willful or criminal.
- Lisa Sink
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Updated 4:55 p.m. with Kloppenburg campaign statement: An independent probe into Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus found she likely violated state elections laws in her bungled release of state Supreme Court election results in April, but her conduct was not willful or criminal. Nickolaus failed to release the City of Brookfield's results on election night for the hotly contested race between incumbent Justice David Prosser Jr. and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. Adding the city's 14,315 votes two days later flipped the winner from Kloppenburg to Prosser in a race that became enveloped in the controversial clampdown on public employee collective bargaining rights. Kloppenburg had declared victory on election night with a 204-vote lead …
Monday, May 2, 2011
The Waukesha County Board of Canvassers has counted about 11,000 votes after 4 1/2 days. Deadline to complete the county's 125,000-vote recount is May 9.
With one week before the recount deadline, Waukesha County has nearly 10% of its votes recounted, resulting in a net change of 12 additional votes for incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. The Waukesha County Board of Canvassers had counted about 11,000 of the county's 125,070 original votes cast, as of mid-day Monday. About 48% of all votes statewide had been recounted as of 12:50 p.m. Monday, or 718,230 votes of the approximately 1.5 million cast, according to the state Government Accountability Board. That did not include votes from 27 reporting units that were being reviewed by state elections officials. May 9 is the deadline for completing the recount, which was requested by challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg after she lost …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Kathy Nickolaus has seen "human error" from her office during prior elections.
With Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announcing she made an error on election night, which flipped the results of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race to favor incumbent Justice David Prosser, some residents are asking questions as to how often this happens. But for Nickolaus this isn’t the first time she has found herself embroiled in controversy. In 2010, Nickolaus and Waukesha County Board Chairman Jim Dwyer and county Department of Administration officials feuded about an audit of her election system. The audit stated Nickolaus is keeping election results on a personal computer as opposed to a county system. Nickolaus said she kept the results on the personal computer because of security concerns she had with the network. She and …
State Supreme Court candidates campaign manager says group is comparing poll data to voting machine tapes.
Officials from the JoAnne Kloppenburg campaign are taking a look at Waukesha County ballot tapes to make sure there are no inconsistencies. More than one dozen Kloppenburg campaign officials started to review ballots with Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who on Thursday announced she made an error and forgot to report more than 14,000 votes, which took away a narrow victory margin from Kloppenburg and gave a stronger lead to incumbent Justice David Prosser. “We’re looking at the polling place data to compare it to the tapes and see if the numbers match up,” said Melissa Mulliken, campaign manager for Kloppenburg. “We’re looking to see if we will find any irregularities.” Staffers reviewed the tapes Friday afternoon and they are …