Waukesha County Clerk Says She’s Been Exonerated

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said she believes she has been exonerated even though her office is undertaking numerous changes in how it reports election night results following the non-reporting of 14,000 votes in the spring state Supreme Court election.

State investigators in September determined that Nickolaus likely broke the law by not reporting the votes in the race between Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, but her conduct wasn’t criminal.

Nickolaus appeared at Tuesday’s meeting of the Government Accountability Board, which approved numerous changes designed to improve the procedures used by her office on election night.

“We actually are going to be having the tape brought back from the polling place, so now we have something to proof against,” Nickolaus said. “In the past, we have only had results sent in and that was it. We had to accept what was sent in. We are also uploading that info but another set of people are proofing that information before it is sent out.”

Board director Kevin Kennedy said he wouldn’t characterize the investigation as exonerating Nickolaus, but he said she has been cooperative in working on changes in her procedures.

The GAB worked with Nickolaus to ensure her procedures for the collection, posting, compiling and canvassing of election results are in compliance with the law.

A memo to the board at its Tuesday meeting said Nickolaus worked to develop new procedures that ensure transparency and provide security, documentation, checks and balances.