Auditor General Report on Michigan Bureau of Elections

Bureau of Elections

Report Summary

The Auditor General Findings

Audit Objective 1: to assess the sufficiency of Board of Election’s efforts to maintain the integrity of QVF (Qualified Voter File)Conclusion: Sufficient, with exceptions 
  Material ConditionReportable ConditionAgency Preliminary Response
Findings: The BOE DID NOT perform periodic reconciliation between the driver’s license file and QVF. We identified discrepancies in addresses and death status that, if identified and corrected, could help decrease the risk of ineligible electors voting in Michigan.   X  Agrees
Observations: Legislative clarification may be needed related to ballots cast to an Election Day by electors who are deceased on Election Day.     
Audit Objective 2: To assess the effectiveness of selected application access controls over QVF and the Electronic Poll Book (EPB)Conclusion: Effective 
 Material ConditionReportable ConditionAgency Preliminary Response
Findings: Improved EPB security configuration controls are needed to ensure appropriate access to protect elector information  X 
Audit Objective 3: To assess the sufficiency of selected BOE post-election-audit procedures to help ensure the integrity of electionsConclusion: Sufficient, with exceptions 
 Material ConditionReportable ConditionAgency Preliminary Response
Findings: Post election audit results were not properly submitted for approximately 9% of selected audits, and 10% of the submissions were late. In addition, approximately 17% of completed post-election audits did not include a hand count of the appropriate Statewide race ballots    XAgrees
Observations: Enhanced requirements in the Michigan election law and BOE policy and procedures could help improve the effectiveness of post-election audits.N/AN/AN/A
Observations from clerk site visits and survey results would help improve Michigan election processes  N/A N/A N/A
Audit Objective 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 electionsConclusion: Sufficient, with exceptions 
 Material ConditionReportable ConditionAgency Preliminary Response
Findings: required post-election training was not completed by approximately 52% of county clerks and 59% of other county election officials who have not viewed relevant post-election audit training seminars or videos.  X  
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