Blue cheddar, newspapers, and other blogs reported on April 6th that the much lambasted Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nickolaus would be stepping aside for May and June recall elections after she received an order to either step aside or resign from Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.
It seems that exactly what’s going on is not clear. Hat tip to Waukesha Wonk who thoroughly scrutinized all of Nicholaus’ pronouncements and came up short on clarity as well.
From an April 28th JSOnline article:
“Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, widely criticized over the conduct of elections in her county, announced Saturday she has decided not to seek re-election in November.
But the embattled clerk said in a prepared statement that she would not relinquish “any authority or responsibility” for upcoming elections through the end of her term because “I am the Waukesha County constitutional officer charged with the responsibility of elections.”
After problems in the election earlier this month, Nickolaus reportedly agreed under pressure from County Executive Dan Vrakas to cede election responsibilities to her deputy for the upcoming recall races.
Her campaign manager said Saturday she “never ever agreed to hand over the responsibility given to her constitutionally as clerk” to administer the elections. “Kathy is still in charge,” said the manager, Dan Hunt, adding Nickolaus was unavailable for comment.”
Back on April 6620 WTMJ reported that, “Kathy agreed to hand off her election duties to the Deputy County Clerk in order to avoid my public call for her resignation. In stepping aside, Kathy also agreed to allow outside consultants and county staff to work side-by-side with the Deputy Clerk to help restore confidence in our election process.”