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Kubicki: county ready for busy election season minus longtime clerk

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Voters make their marks at the polls at UW-Parkside in Somers on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Kenosha County Clerk Mary Kubicki, who will retire from office Monday, said she is confident her staff is ready for the busy 2020 election season culminating with the Presidential election in November.

“We have excellent staff in place and they’re ready for it,” Kubicki said. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving if I thought they couldn’t handle it.”

Kubicki, who oversaw two presidential elections during her tenure, said the IT Department is working hard to ensure the integrity of the voting systems.

She said she chose to conduct a hand recount in 2016 after Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein paid $3.5 million to force a statewide presidential ballot recount over concerns that election devices may have been hacked.

“We wanted to verify our machines were accurate and could compare to a hand count,” Kubicki said. “Our election security in Kenosha County is something people should be proud of.”

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In all, Kubicki oversaw 39 primary, general and special elections during her 11-year tenure as county clerk that began with five elections in 2008 (two primaries, two general elections and a special election).

In 2011, Kubicki and her staff were faced with their first recall election (which included a recall primary) and a statewide recount of the Supreme Court results. Next, 2012 included the recall election of then-Gov. Scott Walker and Kubicki’s first presidential election.

“My first four years we were super busy,” Kubicki said. “That was a real learning process.”

Kubicki has kept detailed information on voter turnout based on both eligible voters and registered voters. She said she hopes that “true early voting” will be implemented in the future, during which people can go in to vote at their convenience with their ballot sealed and locked to be counted on election day.

Kubicki said she plans to remain involved in the community, serving on board of directors’ positions with the Shalom Center, the HOPE Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse and Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers.

The county clerk position will be filled early in 2020 by appointment of the County Board. That person will serve through the remainder of Kubicki’s current term, to end in January 2021, and will be eligible to seek election to a new four-year term in fall 2020.

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