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Saturday, April 09, 2011


the precise number of votes 'found' is the precise number which would prevent a recount? ok. sure. yeah. i'm buyin' that


Scandal in Fitzwalkerstan: Federal probe, full recount required in high court race
 Cap Times editorial madison.com
Wisconsinites should respond with equal skepticism to the news that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a former Republican legislative staffer who worked for Prosser when he served as Assembly speaker and with Gov. Scott Walker when he was a GOP rising star, has found all the votes that justice needs to secure his re-election and that the governor needs to claim a “win” for his agenda.
There is no need for a conspiracy theory. The facts raise the questions that election observers are now asking.
The clerk, who has a history of secretive and erratic handling of election results, says she forgot to count the votes of Brookfield, the county’s second-largest city, in the total for Tuesday’s Supreme Court election.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Waukesha County clerk has drawn criticisms in the past
DEE J. HALL | dhall@madison.com 
In 2006, Nickolaus, who was elected Waukesha County clerk in 2002, was criticized for posting election returns that temporarily skewed results of a Republican primary for the 97th Assembly District. At the time, Nickolaus told reporters some returns from the city of Waukesha were entered in the wrong column.
And last summer, the Waukesha County Board ordered an internal audit of her office, citing concerns Nickolaus was secretive and refusing to cooperate with the county's technical staff in a security review of the computerized election system.
Some officials also were critical of Nickolaus' decision to stop posting municipal results to save time. Auditors who looked at the Waukesha County system found 26 of 62 counties surveyed also did not post local results — a step that might have revealed the missing Brookfield numbers..................

pic: Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus holds a news conference Thursday, April 7, 2011, to explain how incorrect vote totals in the state's Supreme Court race were released on election night. MICHAEL SEARS - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel / Associated Press

Kathy Nickolaus in Waukesha forgot to save? Really?

by ColdFusion04 


It was with great interest that I watched the press conference of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.  You see, my "day job" is in the field of information technology, and I was tuned in to her every word regarding her use of Microsoft Access to tabulate the county wide vote totals.
So I decided to make a little voting database in Microsoft Access 2010 and 2007, to test her story.

Nickolaus says repeatedly that she imported the data into Access, but through a process of "human error", she "forgot to save".  Then come the tears, repeatedly, throughout her presser.
Here's the problem.  Microsoft Access (any version) doesn't ask you to save. When you enter data into a table, it automatically updates the underlying database.  If you close the database accidentally, the data you entered (or imported, in the case of Nickolaus) remains.  If you stop to take a phone call from your buddy the governor (for example), your data will still automatically save.
For further proof, I asked my 8 year old daughter to try to enter data in my little Access voting system mock up, and not save it.  She couldn't do it.  She tried all sorts of things, and the votes still saved....................

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