Talking Points Memo: Waukesha Clerk Announces Votes For Prosser: ‘I’m Thankful That This Error Was Caught Early’

April 7, 2011- Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus (R) has announced sharply amended totals for her county in the Supreme Court race from Tuesday night — saying that she had inadvertently failed to properly import and save data into a Microsoft Access database, omitting the numbers from the city of Brookfield and its over 14,000 votes. And as such, according to Nickolaus's new totals, Justice David Prosser has gained a net 7,582 votes — overcoming the razor-thin lead of liberal-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, who had already declared victory on Wednesday.

"I'm thankful that this error was caught early in the process and during the canvass," said Nickolaus. "Again, the purpose of the canvass is to catch these types of errors. It's important to stress that this is not a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found. this is human error, which I apologize for – which is common in this process, which is why the state requires us to conduct a canvass. Every person in Waukesha County that voted on April 5th, their votes counted. After the error was discovered in Brookfield, I reviewed all the other votes with our board of canvass, from every municipality. We have now verified all the results, and are confident that they have been properly reported to the Government Accountability Board."

On hand with Nickolaus at the press conference to announce the vote shift were the Republican and Democratic members of the county canvassing board — including Democrat Ramona Kitzinger, who vouched for Nickholaus's narrative. "Everything that we went over yesterday afternoon and today, it jibed up, and we're satisfied that it's correct. And I'm with the Democratic Party, vice-chair of Waukesha County, so i'm not gonna stand here and tell you something that's incorrect."


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