Waukesha County clerk gives up election duties
Matt Montgomery & The Associated Press
WAUKESHA- Embattled Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has handed off her election duties in the upcoming recalls to her deputy clerk.
Nickolaus came under new scrutiny because of long delays in reporting Tuesday night's election results. She had implemented new procedures after last year's election night fiasco in which she omitted 14,000 votes from unofficial totals. The shortfall made it appear that Supreme Court Justice David Prosser had lost by a couple hundred votes. When the final results were canvassed, he had won by nearly 7,000 statewide.
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas says officials will move swiftly to examine the election night procedures and make changes as necessary to restore confidence.
Vrakas released the following statement Thursday:
"In a meeting this afternoon I presented two options to Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, resignation, or designating the Deputy Clerk to run the upcoming recall election.
Kathy agreed to hand off her election duties to the Deputy County Clerk in order to avoid my public call for her resignation. In stepping aside, Kathy also agreed to allow outside consultants and county staff to work side-by-side with the Deputy Clerk to help restore confidence in our election process.
The County will move swiftly to examine the election night procedures in the County Clerk's Office and make changes as necessary to restore public's confidence in our elections."
"I decided after this past Tuesday's election that we had to take immediate action," said Vrakas in an interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ. "People deserve timely returns of elections."