In this article by Mark Binker of the Greensboro News and Record we learn that the State Auditor’s office released a fiscal audit of the State Board of Elections (SBOE) that revealed they have not audited more than 30,000 campaign finance reports – some dating back to the 2000 election cycle. And, more than 10,000 of the unaudited reports have not been entered into the finance database – necessary to the audit process.
According to the article, NC General Statutes 163-278.23 – 24, require campaign finance reports to be reviewed within 30 days of receipt and audited within four months of the election.
When Binker asked what it would take to carry out audits in a timely manner, Gary Bartlett, Director of the State Board of Elections said, “It’s strictly a matter of manpower and volume.” He went on to say “I think we would have to double our staff and have electronic filing be close to 100 percent.
Bartlett said that the Legislature knows that the SBOE cannot meet their statutory obligations when it comes to auditing campaign finance reports, “This has all been brought to their attention since 1993,” Bartlett said.
Here is a link to the list of the State Board of elections positions and employees – it looks like there are 2 openings in the finance division.