UPDATE: Gubernatorial Recall Ballots Saved from
Destruction in Waukesha County, WI – For Now…

State and local officials confirm the public records have been moved to off-site storage,
though they remain in the custody of County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus…

The ballots cast in Waukesha County during the June 5th Gubernatorial recall in Wisconsin appear to be safe from destruction at the hands of one of the nation’s most notorious election officials. For now.

In our exclusive exposé Monday morning, we detailed the threat made by the infamous Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus to “destroy” the county’s ballots from the historic recall election between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, as early as noon today, in apparent contravention of state law. The threat to destroy the ballots was made even as they (and the rest of the ballots cast in the election across the state) are still subjects of public records requests by a number of citizen groups attempting to verify the otherwise completely unverified results of the race by examining the ballots by hand for the first time.

After our story was published, folks in WI seem to have sprung into action, leading the County District Attorney, the Waukesha County Corporation Counsel (who serves as Nickolaus’ attorney) and the state’s Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) to respond with confirmation that the ballots in question will not be destroyed at this time, and were, instead, being moved from the Clerk’s office, where they have been since the election, to off-site storage as of yesterday afternoon.

“It would not be proper to destroy such materials at this time,” County D.A. Brad Schimel confirmed to The BRAD BLOG late yesterday afternoon …

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9471



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