Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who has been under fire for past election snafus, is at the center of attention again because new procedures in tallying votes resulted in lengthy delays in getting election results Tuesday.
Nickolaus, who garnered national attention last April when her office made a mistake that flipped the outcome of a hotly contested state Supreme Court race, said she introduced new procedures Tuesday to follow guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in the state.
As a result, some elections results were not posted on the county's website until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Her office, which said it would post local results online, posted few results, and asked the media and political campaigns to hand-count the returns, using voting machine printouts taped to the walls around a room.
Nickolaus' staff placed names of communities and ward numbers on the walls of a conference room right outside her office in the Waukesha County Administration Center. As results were brought in from municipalities, she and her staff would bring results tape out and place them on the walls underneath their respective communities and wards.