Nickolaus: ‘I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone’
Waukesha County Clerk speaks for first time since Supreme Court race errorBy Sarah Pryor Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA – On April 7, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus had a very bad day. On that day, she realized “with 100-percent certainty” that the Supreme Court race numbers she reported to the press didn’t account for Brookfield’s 14,315 votes, as a result of what Nickolaus called “human error” when she forgot to save after importing the city’s spreadsheet into the election software.
Nickolaus’ announcement of the error and the resulting swing of the race in Justice David Prosser’s favor (challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg had announced victory the day before), sparked a media frenzy rife with accusations of fraud, conspiracy theories and calls for Nickolaus’ resignation.
Kloppenburg conceded the race after a recount that took almost a month and cost taxpayers an estimated $261,000 and rising, but Nickolaus is ready to learn from her mistake and look toward the future.