Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said that everyone makes mistakes after it was realized Waukesha County did not count the city of Brookfield in the election day reports to the media, which shifts votes in the statewide Supreme Court race.
JoAnne Kloppenburg, who was viewed in the election as a liberal, had the slight edge over incumbent David Prosser, a conservative. The additional votes that were counted in the Waukesha County Board of Canvassers place Prosser ahead by 7,500 votes.
“It is a good process,” Vrakas said about the Board of Canvassers. “Our forefathers put that in, and I think today we are finding out exactly the wisdom in that.”
Vrakas said there are discrepancies being reported statewide in the election. That’s why the state has the canvassing process, he said.
“Some are going to hurt each candidate,” said Vrakas about the discrepancies. “It is an unfortunate situation, but the most important thing is that every vote was counted and was verified and in the hands of the Government Accountability Board."
A tearful Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus told members of the media on Thursday the error was discovered on Wednesday as they began the canvassing. Apologizing, she said the discrepancy was due to a failure to save the final document on election night.
Nickolaus gave a “great explanation,” Vrakas said, as she admitted to the problem.
“She owned it,” Vrakas said. “She said that it was something that she regretted but, at the same time, the vote that we forwarded now is the true vote.”
As for the City of Brookfield residents who did not have their votes reflected in the reports given to the media Tuesday night?
“You should feel good that your vote is in the system now,” Vrakas said.