UPDATE: Democrats Remove Vote Tampering Allegations in Recall Election
Upset over returns in recall election, Democratic Party spokesman goes after controversial Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.
Update, 1 a.m. Wednesday: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has pulled a news release from its website that alleges vote tampering in Waukesha County by the county clerk.
The party chairman, Mike Tate, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they would not "not pursue questions of irregularities" that was referenced by the Democratic Party in "heat-of-the-moment statements."
Earlier: Perhaps one of the most controversial county clerks in Wisconsin, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is again under political scrutiny during the Alberta Darling recall election. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is claiming there is tampering going on in Waukesha County.
"The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in a prepared news release. “She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results."
A blog on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the Democratic Party is stating there is tampering in Waukesha County because Nickolaus had not reported 10 out of 11 wards as of 11:25 p.m. Tuesday.
Nickolaus forgot to report the results from the City of Brookfield in an unofficial report to the Associated Press on election night in April. The results caused Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg to declare victory. Instead, when the votes from Brookfield were reported to the Government Accountability Board, incumbent Justice David Prosser was declared the winner following a lengthy recount.
The incident had Democrats across the state calling for an investigation into the election night snafu and Nickolaus. Protesters immediately marched around the Waukesha County Courthouse demanding an investigation and for Nickolaus’ resignation. Nickolaus is an elected official.