Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus Created Election Woes In 2006

The problems caused by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is not just contained to the last 24 hours when she threw the entire State of Wisconsin into chaos over the Supreme Court race. 

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has a record of being inept, and careless as this following story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2006 underscores.  Clearly Kathy Nickolaus is not up to the job.

 As I posted on CP Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus must resign due to a continued lack of professionalism, and legal entanglements from the caucus scandal, along with her close working relationship with David Prosser at the State Capitol.

Waukesha Computer glitches, inoperable equipment and other problems troubled Tuesday’s primary balloting in Waukesha County, resulting in one candidate mistakenly being posted as winner of a race only later to be declared the loser.

The problems also prevented the county from posting final results of races until the early morning hours of Wednesday, and kept the county from posting results online.

In Waukesha County, problems with touch-screen equipment were among a host of snafus.

Christine Lufter, who lost a Republican primary in the 97th Assembly District, said Wednesday that she would not likely challenge the outcome, although she was still trying to sort out what happened.

“There was obviously a huge problem,” she said. “And why it affected the 97th race more than any other is confusing.”

Computer monitors at the county clerk’s office late Tuesday briefly showed Lufter winning her race, as county officials scrambled to correct flawed returns from the City of Waukesha.

Final results later showed Lufter losing to fellow Republican Bill Kramer by a significant margin.


The lack of online election returns was a jolt to some county officials.

County Supervisor Bonnie Morris of Dousman said she was at a Tuesday night victory party for district attorney candidate Brad Schimel before she realized the county’s Web site was inactive.

Morris said she planned to question Nickolaus about the situation.

“I was very, very upset about it,” Morris said. “This is something that we as taxpayers have paid for.”

One thought on “Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus Created Election Woes In 2006

  1. Carolo

    County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus needs to be fired. Plan and simple. If you do not do your job correctly, then you do not get to keep the job. This mistake on her part is costing Wisconsin a lot of time and money for this recount.

    Why was she doing a State election on her personal computer anyway? Surely someone besides me finds that very unethical.

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