Waukesha County clerk considers herself unlucky with election problems

CREATED Apr 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 5, 2012

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  • Kathy Nickolaus. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WAUKESHA- Problems with Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' reporting system caused issues with posting Tuesday's election results.  The Journal Sentinel notes the results in Waukesha County were posted at 2:21 a.m. Wednesday, compared to 10:30 p.m. in Ozaukee County and around midnight.

"I have no plans on stepping down from the (Waukesha) County clerk position," said Kathy Nickolaus in an interview Thursday afternoon with Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure after he asked her about Republicans and Democrats wanting her to step down.  "I'll be making some major steps in making sure that people feel comfortable with the way that the election administration is done in the office."

Nickolaus' staff tried to upload results from the memory cards into the county clerk's reporting program, it wouldn't work.

Nickolaus is insisting her office will not run into any major problems during future elections.  "We've been working on solutions that will put us in the right direction for the upcoming recall election," claimed Nickolas.

John told Nickolas that critics believe she is the unluckiest or most incompetent county clerk.  "Unlucky is probably the way I'd go," Nickolas responded.

She initially came under fire last year during the close Supreme Court contest when she neglected to record the entire City of Brookfield on election night.

Reid Magney, spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said Wednesday that the agency would follow up on the situation in Waukesha County.