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April 7, 2011

Info on Kathy Nickolaus: Waukesha County Clerk (Republican)

Filed under: Elections,Scott Walker — millerlf @ 8:48 pm

WI’s Waukesha County Clerk  Keeps Elections Results on Her Personal Computer

Posted by DemocraticUnderground 4/7/11

Waukesha – Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ decision to go it alone in how she collects and maintains election results has some county officials raising a red flag about the integrity of the system.

Nickolaus said she decided to take the 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 – for security reasons. “What it gave me was good security of the elections from start to finish, without the ability of someone unauthorized to be involved,” she said.

Nonetheless, Director of Administration Norman A. Cummings said because Nickolaus has kept them out of the loop, the county’s information technology specialists have not been able to verify Nickolaus’ claim that the system is secure from failure.

“How does anybody else in the county know, except for her verbal word, that there are backups, and that the software she has out there is performing as it should?” he said. “There’s no way I can assure that the election system is going to be fine for the next presidential election.”


An audit of Nickolaus’ handling of the 2010 election found that she needed to take steps to improve security and backup procedures, like stop sharing passwords. The audit was requested after the county’s director of administration said Nickolaus had been uncooperative with attempts to have county experts review her systems and confirm backups were in place.

Nickolaus was given immunity from prosecution in a 2002 criminal investigation into illegal activity by members of the assembly Republican Caucus. She worked for 13 years as a data analyst and computer specialist for the caucus.

She resigned from her state job in 2002 just before launching her county clerk campaign.

The corruption probe took down then-Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, a Republican; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala, D-Madison; Sen. Brian Burke, D-Milwaukee, co-chairman of the powerful Joint Finance Committee; Assembly Majority Leader Steve Foti, R-Oconomowoc; and Rep. Bonnie Ladwig, R-Racine. They all reached plea deals.



  1. It’s obvious that Ms. Nickolaus is a fraud and that a detailed audit (Vote by vote) needs to be done of the results from the Waukesha county votes as this person cannot be trusted.

    One of the first things to follow up on is to see to which bank account the Koch brother’s deposit went to.. Did they deposit the money directly to her account? her husband’s? her mother’s? or on friend’s bank account in Switzerland.

    FRAUD!! Investigate!!

    Comment by Leo Leonardo — April 7, 2011 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  2. Something stinks here. Is it a dead fish or just a rat. Either way Wisconsin needs to clean house and take this garbage out with the trash.

    Comment by Andrew — April 8, 2011 @ 12:09 am | Reply

  3. This stinks, something is very wrong here. This election is a fraud. Full audit, Find bribe money. why this election?

    Comment by bill — April 8, 2011 @ 7:50 am | Reply

  4. How in the world is ONE person given the authority to be in charge of all the votes?

    Comment by jillfischer — April 8, 2011 @ 11:50 am | Reply

  5. Prosser needed Nickolaus like Walker needs Prosser. There’s no corruption in WI. Oh by the way I’ve been wondering if I applied for a job with Wisconsin state patrol would I be considered even though I’m not related {THANK GOD} to the Fitzgerald crime family?

    Comment by Don — April 10, 2011 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  6. In the future maybe the other 71 counties could just sit out the elctions and only Waukesha County will vote. Just remember not to report more votes than people in the county.

    Comment by Don — April 10, 2011 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

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