Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wisconsin GAB Wrote Erroneous Software For Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus

Milwaukee News Buzz reports that the computer program that caused Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus to erroneously report vote counts for the Wisconsin Supreme Court election was written by the Government Accountability Board. This fact alone puts into question the impartiality of the investigation into Waukesha County's election issues by the GAB. They can't properly investigate their own software.

Not only was the GAB program written poorly, but the GAB has refused to provide details on the computer program. The GAB cannot be expected to impartially investigate Waukesha County and its election systems. The GAB should publicly post the source code for the software, since Wisconsin owns it, but they won't even tell us more than Nickolaus has. It's clear that the GAB should not be in charge of investigating elections, and their refusal to provide further details is particularly concerning.

I'm out of new ideas as to how we can get an impartial investigation. One Wisconsin Now is still collecting names for their petition for a separate bipartisan investigation. However, contacting your government representatives and the press will probably be most effective.

People better start talking because Wisconsin is sick of the secrets in what are supposedly open and transparent elections!

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