Set your alarm: The long-awaited, much anticipated Office of the Auditor General’s Report on the Bureau of Elections is set to release at 8 a.m., March 4, 2022.
Here’s the link: Bureau of Elections
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|Could be a big deal. Here’s why. |
After the 2020 elections, Rep. Julie Alexander, was frustrated. She wasn’t on the House Elections and Ethics Committee. She had no authority to order subpoenas or forensic audits. Most legislators would have shrugged their shoulders and said, “not in my lane” or “sorry, nothing I can do.”
But Alexander’s constituents were fit to be tied. They were clamoring for action, and she was too. She was familiar with the Office of the AG. As a legislator, she had the authority to request an impartial investigation. To submit a request was a gutsy, perhaps foolhardy, thing to do.
She decided to press forward. But the OAG doesn’t accept willy nilly or ambiguous requests. She had to articulate a few surgical and measurable objectives. Alexander crafted these four:
1. To assess the sufficiency of Board of Election’s efforts to maintain the integrity of the QVF.
2. To assess the effectiveness of selected application access controls over QVF and the Electronic Poll Book.
3. To assess the sufficiency of selected BOE post-election review procedures to help ensure the integrity of elections.
4. To assess the sufficiency of BOE’s efforts to establish and provide training to the county, city, and township officials who are responsible for conducting elections.
The OAG acknowledged receipt. Then Christmas came and went. January ticked past. February. At last, a release date was set. , March 4 it will be, and rumor has it that 8 a.m. will be the witching hour.
What to know about the OAG.
According to the OAG website (not to be confused with the elected political office of Attorney General, often abbreviated as AG), the position of auditor general is an appointment by the Legislature through a concurrent resolution, as prescribed by the Michigan Constitution. The current Auditor General, Doug Ringler, was appointed by a majority of the House and Senate members in May 2014, to begin in June 2014, by way of House Concurrent Resolution No. 28 of 2014.
The Auditor General is nonpartisan and independent. Article IV, Section 53 of the Michigan Constitution organized the OAG in the legislative branch of State government to conduct audits of State government operations.
The Auditor General conducts post-audits of State government agencies and operations per the Michigan Constitution. See also the Audits and Examinations Act and Attorney General Opinion 6749.
The OAG cannot audit local governments, school districts, private businesses, or individual taxpayers. This limit is set forth by the Michigan Constitution and Attorney General Opinion 6225, Attorney General Opinion 6970, and Attorney General Opinion 7158.
The OAG has no enforcement authority for corrective action. The OAG provides the information to the audited agency, the Legislature, and the public.
The auditee is required to establish a corrective action plan. The Legislature may request the OAG to present an audit report at a public meeting and request the agency to present its response and corrective actions. The executive branch has the authority to make changes through policy, procedure, or rule, and the Legislature has the authority to effect change through State law or State appropriations.
The OAG may follow up on the status of previously issued findings and report its results in publicly released reports called Follow-Up Reports on Prior Audit Recommendations. These are often performed for material findings within an 18-month window at the discretion of the Auditor General based on resources and other factors, such as the amount of time that an agency may reasonably need to make changes.
The Work in Progress tab of the OAG, located at the top of its home page, contains the audit objective(s) and estimated release time frames for all ongoing audits.
Description of the Board of Elections
The Bureau of Elections (BOE) assists with the administration of the Secretary of State’s election-related duties and responsibilities. BOE maintains the State’s Qualified Voter File (QVF), which is the complete list of approximately 8.0 million registered voters in Michigan. BOE offers guidance and develops and provides training to the 1,603 county, city, and township clerks who independently administer elections under their jurisdiction. BOE prescribed post-election review procedures focused on confirming election procedures were properly followed and election equipment functioned properly. County clerks conduct the majority of these reviews with the remainder conducted by BOE. BOE reviews the results to identify training opportunities for clerks prior to future elections.
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