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Vrakas: Kathy Nickolaus delegating election reporting results to deputy clerk
Kathy Nickolaus. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
WAUKESHA- Waukesha County officials are reassuring the public that the embattled county clerk is not in charge of Tuesday's returns.
Waukesha County is under increased scrutiny after repeated problems delivering immediate results on election night. County Executive Dan Vrakas insists his clerk Kathy Nickolaus is not in charge of releasing returns, "She delegated that authority quite clearly to her deputy clerk Kelly Yaeger."
Vrakas is responding to complaints that Nickolaus was recently spotted passing out election supplies to local clerks, "It's her deputy that's going be in charge of tabulating and reporting all these votes."
Nickolaus drew criticism last year during a tight state Supreme Court race when she announced nearly two days after the election that she failed to include 14,000 votes from Brookfield in her unofficial totals.
Results have been slow in other races, as well. During the April 3 election, Nickolaus failed to post timely election results online and update them periodically for the public, as promised.
A new system of reporting put in place in May has local municipal clerks enter the data into a state canvass reporting system, rather than relying on the county to accumulate that data. The county clerk's office then relays that information to the public.