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Waukesha Co. exec says Nickolaus' role was 'very limited'

Waukesha Co. exec says Nickolaus' role was 'very limited'

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 8, 2012 - UPDATED: May 9, 2012

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

The I-Team's Steve Chamraz reports that Kathy Nickolaus, who was expected to step aside from this election, appeared to be very much in charge of the count Tuesday night.

When Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker followed up on the issue with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas Wednesday morning, 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."

Nickolaus wouldn't answer the I-Team's questions about her role in Tuesday's election.

She was supposed to hand off her election duties to a deputy, after mangling the results of two elections.

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.

Municipalities are reporting their data directly to the Government Accountability Board

Nickolaus has decided not to run for re-election to this job.