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  Waukesha County Board OKs more than $250,000 to fix election computer mistake
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ContributorHomegrown Democrat 
Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jul 25, 2012 05:15pm
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AuthorLarry Sandler
MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateWednesday, July 25, 2012 10:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Waukesha County Board has appropriated more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix an election computer programming mistake by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.

Supervisors voted, 22-2, on Tuesday to spend $256,300 in the wake of a breakdown in the system for reporting results in the April 3 election.

Despite Nickolaus' promise to post timely results online, the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours. Reporters and election reporting service representatives had to tabulate vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.

At County Executive Dan Vrakas' direction, the county hired a consulting firm to investigate what happened, at a cost of $15,000.
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