Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says Kathy Nickolaus failed to properly report state Supreme Court election results on election night, but her conduct was not willful or criminal.
- Lisa Sink
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Updated 4:55 p.m. with Kloppenburg campaign statement: An independent probe into Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus found she likely violated state elections laws in her bungled release of state Supreme Court election results in April, but her conduct was not willful or criminal. Nickolaus failed to release the City of Brookfield's results on election night for the hotly contested race between incumbent Justice David Prosser Jr. and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. Adding the city's 14,315 votes two days later flipped the winner from Kloppenburg to Prosser in a race that became enveloped in the controversial clampdown on public employee collective bargaining rights. Kloppenburg had declared victory on election night with a 204-vote lead …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Assistant State Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg says the anomalies found are not enough to overturn incumbent's 7,000-vote lead.
Assistant State Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg conceded election Tuesday to incumbent David Prosser Jr., saying the widespread anomalies found during a historic statewide recount were not enough to win a court challenge to change the outcome. Kloppenburg said she called Prosser before her morning press conference to tell him she would not be seeking a court review of the recount, which cut Prosser's approximately 7,300-vote lead by about 300 votes. Prosser won another 10-year term on the state's Supreme Court with slightly more than 50 percent of the 1.5 million votes cast. The court election drew unusual attention after public employee unions sought to oust Prosser after Gov. Scott Walker and Republican state lawmakers passed what …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Racine and Waukesha counties also among those with outdated software that lacks memory to hold both original and recount votes.
A three-year delay in federal approval of updated ballot-counting software means the upcoming Supreme Court recount will cost Milwaukee County as much as $500,000 more than it would had the software been approved. The county has had $200,000 in its budget to buy the new software since the purchase was approved in 2008, said Lisa Weiner, elections administrator for Milwaukee County. “We have had to roll over the money for the past three years," Weiner said. "I’m not sure that we will be able to do it again if the software is not approved.” All or parts of 31 of the state’s 72 counties use the same outdated software and are awaiting approval to purchase the same new system. Racine and Waukesha counties are also affected. The cost estimate is…
Friday, April 8, 2011
Kathy Nickolaus has seen "human error" from her office during prior elections.
With Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announcing she made an error on election night, which flipped the results of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race to favor incumbent Justice David Prosser, some residents are asking questions as to how often this happens. But for Nickolaus this isn’t the first time she has found herself embroiled in controversy. In 2010, Nickolaus and Waukesha County Board Chairman Jim Dwyer and county Department of Administration officials feuded about an audit of her election system. The audit stated Nickolaus is keeping election results on a personal computer as opposed to a county system. Nickolaus said she kept the results on the personal computer because of security concerns she had with the network. She and …
State Supreme Court candidates campaign manager says group is comparing poll data to voting machine tapes.
Officials from the JoAnne Kloppenburg campaign are taking a look at Waukesha County ballot tapes to make sure there are no inconsistencies. More than one dozen Kloppenburg campaign officials started to review ballots with Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who on Thursday announced she made an error and forgot to report more than 14,000 votes, which took away a narrow victory margin from Kloppenburg and gave a stronger lead to incumbent Justice David Prosser. “We’re looking at the polling place data to compare it to the tapes and see if the numbers match up,” said Melissa Mulliken, campaign manager for Kloppenburg. “We’re looking to see if we will find any irregularities.” Staffers reviewed the tapes Friday afternoon and they are …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
County clerk failed to properly save the City of Brookfield's votes to her countywide total, an error that could mean victory for Prosser.
In a stunning development that instantly changed the race for the state Supreme Court, a county clerk's error on election night added 7,582 votes for incumbent Justice David Prosser over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. The additional votes almost certainly will give Prosser the victory in the heated race for the high court. As of early afternoon Thursday, Kloppenburg had been ahead in the race, according to totals compiled by the Associated Press. The additional votes for Prosser were found after it was determined that all the votes for the City of Brookfield were not included in the initial counts that the county provided to the Associated Press, which has been maintaining a statewide tally of votes. The revised Waukesha County figures …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Prosser's margin in the suburban GOP counties not enough to overcome Kloppenburg's wins in Dane, Milwaukee counties.
In the battle of the partisan stronghold counties, Dane and Milwaukee were the winners in Tuesday's Supreme Court election. Democratic challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg outpolled incumbent Republican David Prosser in Dane and Milwaukee counties by a wider margin that he beat her by in suburban Milwaukee counties, according to Patch's analysis of the state Supreme Court results compiled by the Associated Press. Prosser received 91,043 more votes than Kloppenburg in Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Racine counties combined. But Kloppenburg received 114,597 more votes than Prosser in Milwaukee and Dane counties combined. That's a net difference of about 23,000 votes in a race that was decided by a few hundred. Adding the total votes in the four …