Elections Board required Waukesha Clerk Nickolaus’s program change to voting machines

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ last-minute programming change to voting machines before the April 3 election – a change that may have triggered the computer error that stymied election night results reporting – was required by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, newly released emails show.

However, a legally required public test of the equipment once that change was made to ensure it worked properly was not performed, according to the records.

A consultant hired at County Executive Dan Vrakas’ insistence to identify problems and fixes in the clerk’s office after a string of election-reporting problems said Nickolaus acknowledged she made a programming change after the machines were initially tested. However, the report says she didn’t specify what the change was.

She has not responded to repeated requests for comment or explanation.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.