JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (Aug. 28, 2018) Auditor Galloway today released a regularly scheduled audit of Scott County, located in southeast Missouri. The audit, which received an overall rating of "good," brought to light concerns with the usage of the county's Election Services Fund.
"State law is very specific about the appropriate uses of these funds, but in reviewing expenditures, we found multiple purchases that did not directly relate to the conduct of elections," Auditor Galloway said. "These funds allow citizens to exercise one of their most fundamental rights and they must be managed appropriately."
The audit questioned the use of the county's Election Services Fund for the purchase of solar eclipse glasses, an appreciation banquet for workers and for the display of flags in front of the courthouse on holidays. Legally, the fund should be used for training programs and supplies or equipment to improve the conduct of elections. The fund includes money collected through a 5 percent fee on election billings and certain reimbursements from the Missouri Secretary of State's Office.
The report also included a repeat finding regarding several county offices using shared passwords. Shared passwords increase the risk of unauthorized access to confidential or sensitive data.
A complete copy of the report can be found here.