In a report released this morning, an investigation led by Dane County Attorney Tim Verhoff on behalf of The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, found that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nicklaus’ conduct should not result in criminal charges. The report is highly critical of Nickolaus’ actions; as the letter to Nickolaus from the GAB spells out specific violations of Wisconsin Election conduct she is expected to correct. The report maintains the violations were not “intentional” and therefore did not rise to the level of criminality.
It is the opinion of this writer that the history of Kathy Nickolaus’ blatant disregard for the public right to fair and open elections does indeed rise to the level of criminality, as demonstrated in previous elections and her refusal to comply with GAB, and Waukesha County Board recommendations. Her conduct has done irreparable harm to public perception of elections, and she is accountable to every person who has cast a ballot in what they believe is a fair election process. The refusal of the GAB to intercede and act to sanction Nickolaus and hold her accountable also has created serious doubt as to their ability to uphold fair election standards. In addition, this continued farce being perpetrated by Nickolaus is an embarrassment to Waukesha County, and only fuels public perception of political corruption and patronage at the highest levels.
Kathy Nickolaus has a duty to resign immediately, and the call should come from Waukesha County, and the voting public of Wisconsin. The GAB must stand up to the political forces (GOP) in power, and do their job to insure fair and open elections in Wisconsin by recommending hand counted, paper ballots throughout Wisconsin, and strengthen the security chain for cast ballots. This is now the only way to insure the People of Wisconsin fair and open elections. Especially in light of the Nickolaus report, and her continued misconduct.