Waukesha Co. executive happy about new election process

CREATED May 8, 2012 - UPDATED: May 9, 2012

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WAUKESHA- After two election night controversies, there are changes in how Waukesha County reports results.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas told Wisconsin's Afternoon News they had a new election process put in place Tuesday night, and he was happy with how fast the results were posted in Waukesha County. 

"By the 10 p.m. news, we had almost 95% of all the results tabulated -- and that hasn't happened in years in Waukesha County." "The public had lost faith in our election process," said Vrakas.  "In one short month we put a team together..that has worked hard to get the job done...and reported the results timely."

The I-Team's Steve Chamraz reports that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who was expected to step aside from this election, was present when the Waukesha County votes were tabulated Tuesday night.

When Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker followed up on the issue with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas Wednesday, he responded, "The fact of the matter is, the deputy clerk ran the election, and things went really well for the first time in a long time in Waukesha County.  

We're very happy today." He expressed that Nickolaus wanted to maintain some kind of relevancy, but according to Vrakas, "her agreement isn't just with me, but the people of the county.  I think the fact the election went well is really what people need to look at."

He said Nickolaus' involvement in the future will be "like it was last night, frankly, very limited."  Meanwhile, Nickolaus has decided not to run for re-election to this job.

In April, 2011, Nickolaus forgot to add in more than 14,000 votes until the day after a contentions Supreme Court election.

During Wisconsin's presidential primary this year, a combination of computer glitches and bad planning had election results reported much later than anticipated.