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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 11:58 AM

Investigating, fixing Nickolaus election errors to cost $256,300

http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/investigating-fixing-nickolaus-election-errors-to-cost-256300-oc62fkb-161844125.html

A consultant's report traces problems in reporting Waukesha County election results directly to mistakes by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus - mistakes that will cost county taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix.

Nickolaus had promised to post timely results online and update them periodically for the April 3 election. But the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours, while reporters and election reporting service representatives were forced to tabulate the vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.

The embattled county clerk already was under scrutiny because of her role in the 2011 state Supreme Court race, when she left the entire city of Brookfield out of countywide vote totals. When those 14,000 votes were added in, two days after the election, Justice David Prosser had won by 7,000 votes, instead of narrowly losing to Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, as the original count showed. But the uncertainty over the Waukesha County vote led to a statewide recount that confirmed Prosser's victory.

Nickolaus, a Republican, agreed to withdraw from directly overseeing this year's gubernatorial recall election after County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former GOP legislator, threatened to call for her resignation if she didn't hand off her election duties. She also announced she would not seek re-election in November.

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Reply Investigating, fixing Nickolaus election errors to cost $256,300 (Original post)
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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 12:00 PM

1. But will she ever really go??? She lies about that also!! n/t

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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. Whatever else anyone has to say about her being...

highly partisan, difficult to work with or uncooperative,
the article in the J-S left me wondering if all of that
could be a distinct and separate question from how
were votes actually mis-tabulated?

Was it all really Nickolaus' fault?

Did the County Exec of Waukesha, Dan Vrakas,
pay a "consulting firm" (where the CEO is a member
of the "Greater Milwaukee Committee," and came
from 'Anderson Consulting'/Accenture, the successor
to the Enron accounting firm, Arthur Anderson) a
big check to play a public game of "pin the tail on
the County Clerk's ass."

I think Nickolaus was accurately quoted in the article
and I believe her when she says:

At the time {referring to the April primary}, Nickolaus had said that when her staff tried to upload results from voting machine memory packs into the reporting program, it wouldn't work.

"We were shocked," she said, because she and her staff had tested the reporting program "many times."


Of course, the article concludes that....


...the consultant report found only errors and poor procedures, with no evidence of fraud. The problems are confined to how vote totals are compiled by the county clerk's office, and have nothing to do with how voting is administered by municipal clerks' offices, he said.


The article makes it clear there were errors in tabulation, but never even
considers the possibility that there may also have been a problem with the
machines, software, programming, or the people responsible for the integrity
of any of those:

http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2012/06/emergency-%E2%80%94-please-read-%E2%80%94-serious-wisconsin-vote-hack-issue

...Nothing to see here, move along...



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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 03:23 PM

3. More "fiscal responsibility"...

...from the party of "Know Nothing"!

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Response to hue (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 08:10 PM

4. In any case she is too dumb to know anything!

and that's they way the 1% likes em'!

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