So. About That Waukesha County Clerk. Seems She Made a Mockery of The Audit On Her Procedures

1) Before you read this, take your heart pills and/or make sure you’re not operating heavy machinery. Remain seated. You could get enraged.

2) I lifted this off of a good blog I’ll be returning to called The Brad Blog I see he also does audio (!!!)

So, to what enraged me. First off, when County Board members and the Waukesha County DOA discovered that Nickolaus kept “election data collection and storage system off the county’s computer network – and keep it on stand-alone personal computers accessible only in her office” they were alarmed and conducted an audit of her operations.

Well, that sounds sensible.

But then, when I read this….I do feel a *silent scream* coming on:

“When presented with the results of the audit at a County Board meeting, Nickolaus said only she would take the recommendations “into consideration” and was then taken to task for what one member of the Executive Committee described as her “smirks” during the discussion, as reported by the Journal Sentinel in January of this year:

Several committee members said they were uncomfortable with Nickolaus’ refusal to adopt the recommendations.

During one part of the discussion, Dwyer erupted in exasperation at Nickolaus’ facial expressions.

“There really is nothing funny about this, Kathy,” he said, raising his voice. “Don’t sit there and grin when I’m explaining what this is about.

“Don’t sit there and say I will take it into consideration,” he said, asking her pointedly whether she would change the passwords.

“I have not made my decision,” she answered. After supervisors continued to press the issue, Nickolaus indicated she would create three different passwords.

“This isn’t that big of a deal. It isn’t worth an argument,” she said. “This is ridiculous.”

Nickolaus also said she would make her own assessment of when to back up computer programming for election ballots – and store the more frequent backup in another building, as the auditor recommended.

I don’t know if this person is demented or crooked or both…??  She’s entrusted with votes, for crying out loud. To know that her stubbornness and unprofessional conduct have been beyond frustrating to this very conservative government body in Waukesha – that gives me pause. Those folks are on the same Ruby Red political “side”.

Meanwhile, Caffeinated Politics is calling for the clerk’s resignation.


4 thoughts on “So. About That Waukesha County Clerk. Seems She Made a Mockery of The Audit On Her Procedures

  1. ” In 2006, her county was plagued with botched election problems; including having an entire city’s data misreported – overturning a candidate’s victory after it had been declared – just like this most recent election.
    In 2007, the same thing happened again, and Mrs. Nickolaus found some “missing votes” that overturned another candidate’s victory.”

    It sounds like an election version of munchausen by proxy, attention seeking.

  2. I didn’t put that very clearly. County clerk positions are elected, of course, but they’re rarely competitive — seems to usually be a matter of support by county party structure. It just seems odd that they’re tolerated her long track record of “human error.” County clerks serve 4-year terms, so she must have been reelected a couple times by now. It’s a mystery.

  3. County Clerk is an elected position. It probably wasn’t given as a reward unless she was appointed for some reason. As an elected official, she may be eligible for recall.

  4. Well, she did hone her computer skills doing computer work for David Prosser in the Assembly Republican caucus, back in the day when, as you’ll recall, he testified in the Scott Jensen trial (why are they always called Scott?), they routinely violated the law because “everyone did it.” She was given immunity to testify in the caucus case. And when she left Republican Caucus it was to become Waukesha County Clerk. Reward for damage control in her testimony?

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