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Probe: Wis. clerk likely violated law in election


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Investigators say a Wisconsin county clerk likely violated the law when she failed to report thousands of votes in a state Supreme Court election, but her conduct wasn't criminal.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus touched off a firestorm in April when she revealed she hadn't reported 14,000 votes in the race between conservative Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.

The contest evolved from a sleepy race between an incumbent justice and a little-known state attorney to a heated referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law. The measure's opponents made Kloppenburg their champion, hoping she would replace Prosser and help strike the law down.

Investigators announced Wednesday that Nickolaus likely violated a law requiring clerks to post all returns on Election Night, but the violation wasn't willful.

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