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Clerk won’t quit after court vote debacle

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus holds a news conference in Waukesha on Thursday to explain how incorrect vote totals in the states Supreme Court race were released on election night. On Tuesday, the chairman of Waukesha County's Democratic Party called for the resignation of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears)

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus holds a news conference in Waukesha on Thursday to explain how incorrect vote totals in the states Supreme Court race were released on election night. On Tuesday, the chairman of Waukesha County's Democratic Party called for the resignation of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. She said she won't resign. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears)

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An embattled county clerk is refusing to resign after she failed to immediately report thousands of votes in Wisconsin’s tightly contested Supreme Court race.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced last Thursday she had failed to save 14,000 votes on her computer. The discovery of the votes flipped the unofficial winner from JoAnne Kloppenburg to incumbent Justice David Prosser.

All Wisconsin counties are expected to send their final results to the state later this week.

Waukesha County Democrats have demanded Nickolaus step down, but Nickolaus said in a statement she will serve out her term. She apologized for the error.

She said she has asked state election officials and the county auditor to help improve her office’s operations.

One comment

  1. It appears that the union activists won’t be happy until they force at least one person from office.
    Rather than pillory a minor county official for what appears to be an honest mistake they would do better focus their anger at their duly elected Senators who left them without representation when they abandoned their posts.

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