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In Wisconsin Judicial Election, Prosser’s Margin of Victory Drops Enough to Trigger Automatic Free Recount

Investigation into Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Results Continues

Chris Bowers
Daily Kos
April 13, 2011

In the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, 69 of 72 counties have reported final results, with the final three likely coming in late today. Current totals show incumbent David Prosser leading by 7,303 votes, which puts the final margin close enough that Kloppenburg can request a recount without her campaign having to pay for it.

Kloppenburg has three days after the vote is certified to request a recount. However, certification will not happen until the Government Accountability Board completes its investigation into Waukesha County results and into County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. That investigation is ongoing:

A spokesman for the GAB told TPM that they are examining both the individual precinct returns and the manner in which they were reported to the media on election night. While they cannot at this point comment on the substance of that examination, the GAB said that the County Clerk is being cooperative.

Although the investigation is ongoing, it’s a pretty safe prediction that it will not find that Kathy Nickolaus tampered with vote totals. Here is why.

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Who is Kathy Nickolaus?

A brief perspective on the Waukesha County clerk who, two days after Joanne Kloppenburg scored a narrow 240-vote win in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, ‘found’ 7,500 votes for her Republican opponent, David Prosser. it’s already been established by experts on the Access database, including DJ Allyn at this site, that Nickolaus was lying when she claimed she ‘lost’ thousands of votes from Brookfield, WI, because she ‘forgot’ to save them. Kathy is counting on most people not knowing that it is impossible to avoid saving data on Access — it is saved automatically. So, who is this woman? Mary Bottari, writing at PRWatch.org, has a few clues.

Long Time Republican Apparatchik

The county clerk in question is long-time Republican apparatchik Kathy Nickolaus. Nickolaus got her start in GOP politics in 1995, when the Republican Speaker of the Assembly was — that’s right — David Prosser. She worked for Prosser’s Republican Assembly Caucus, one of four GOP and Democratic legislative groups that were shut down following a criminal investigation for illegal campaign activity on state time.

Nickolaus first came to public attention in 2001, when she was granted immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for testimony against her bosses at the Assembly Caucus. The case resulted in unprecedented convictions of Democratic and Republican legislators on felony counts of misconduct in office and arranging for illegal campaign contributions. Both Democratic and Republican leaders were sentenced to jail time.

In the caucus, Nickolaus was the person who ran the numbers, creating databases for illegal donations, partisan mailings and the like. When she escaped criminal prosecution, she hightailed it to Waukesha where she ran for county clerk in the conservative county in 2002.

She later botched a 2006 vote and stirred controversy by placing the entire voting system on her own personal computer. Prompting the County Corporation Counsel to charge: “If she wants to keep everything secret, she probably can.”

On Thursday of this week, she called a press conference to announce the new vote totals that put Prosser over the top and blamed “human error.” She claimed that the canvass was a “open and transparent” process, yet she found the error at noon on Wednesday and sat on the information for 29 hours, not even telling top election officials at the Government Accountability Board. According to election observers, the issue of 14,315 additional votes from Brookfield was never discussed at the canvass. But, this information somehow made its way to right wing bloggers before her press conference.
— Mary Bottari, “Wisconsin Common Cause: Count Every Vote,” PRWatch.org, April 9, 2011.

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