Friday, April 15, 2011

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus Must Resign

According to WisPolitics, the deadline for JoAnne Kloppenburg to request a recount is three business days from today. Since Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus refused to give us a clear explanation, she must resign. We can't base a large expense such as a recount on such questionable numbers, and it's her duty to make sure we trust her numbers.

Such a simple mistake involving a computer should have been easy for Nickolaus, a computer specialist, to describe so we all can understand. Unfortunately, she has refused to do so, and instead she only gave us confusing bits and pieces of the story. This is not how elections should be run in Wisconsin, and I won't stand for it.

The only reason Prosser is ahead now is because of the new numbers from Waukesha County, see the latest count. So, the vote counts in Waukesha County are critical, and we must know the truth. The Government Accountability Board won't certify the numbers until they finish their investigation in Waukesha County, but they won't look at the actual ballots.

Others have already asked for Nickolaus's resignation because of the error, but I was willing to give Nickolaus the chance to provide us with more clarification. Since she has refused to do so, she must resign. Wisconsin can't trust her to run part of our elections.

Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites have already signed a petition for a bipartisan investigation into the vote counts in Waukesha County started by One Wisconsin Now. I urge you to add your name to the petition here and tell your friends and family about our request for a bipartisan and impartial investigation.

I implore you to help fix the issues with the election system in Waukesha County, and Wisconsin as a whole, by demanding clarification. Here are some easy and effective ways to help get that clarification.

We must demand real solutions to problems with our election systems. Unlike pseudo-solutions such as the Voter Distraction Bill (Senate Bill 6), which requires an ID to vote and only seeks to stifle valid voters, there are solutions that would actually improve our elections.

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