After the Wisconsin General Accountability Board filed a lawsuit today to allow the use of electronic memory cartridges in the Supreme Court recount, the two campaigns agreed to a compromise where both the electronic cartridges and partial manual hand recounts will be used. This means that a hand recount will be coming soon to Kathy Nickolaus’ Waukesha County.
The Wisconsin GAB wanted to use only electronic cartridges for the recount, but it turns out that the lawsuit itself was a mechanism to get the two campaigns to agree on the details of the recount. In the deal the Kloppenburg campaign gave up their right to a hand recount in the state, and the Prosser campaign gave up their right to challenge the partial hand recount.
Kloppenburg’s campaign manager Melissa Mulliken said, “We are pleased that we were able to resolve this matter so quickly. The hand recount will be done in the portions of the state where any other method would have required the destruction of evidence and data.” Ballots will be recounted by hand in all or part of Wisconsin’s 31 counties.
I am going to go way, way, way out on a limb here and guess that Kathy Nickolaus’ Waukesha County is going to first in line for a full hand recount.
As Sarah Jones reported on April 8, “GAB is sending staff to Waukesha County to review vote totals for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Race after Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ announced yesterday that she left the city of Brookfield off of the totals she initially reported. She explained that she uses Microsoft Access and that she forgot to hit “save” after manually inputting the numbers. She “found” 14,000 votes yesterday, which led to a net 7,500 votes in favor of Prosser.”
Even if a hand recount changes the result of the Supreme Court election, something smells rotten in Waukesha County. Kathy Nickolaus has a history of running dubious elections in the county, and I believe that there needs to be a full investigation into the way Nickolaus runs the elections in the county.
I am not sure if the Obama DOJ will be willing to get involved in the year before a presidential election, but if there ever was a case that screamed federal investigation it is Kathy Nickolaus in Waukesha County. The Republican Party in Wisconsin has already shown their penchant for partisan violating the law, so they can’t be trusted to have a role in any sort of investigation.
How many shady elections have to take place in Waukesha County before someone comes forward to restore integrity back into the state’s elections?
The citizens of Wisconsin deserve fair and free elections, and Kathy Nickolaus’ conduct is creating doubt about the process.