Audit Finds Errors in WV Election Money Accounting

An audit shows West Virginia's accounting of federal money it received for election improvements contained several errors.

The federal audit examined the state's use of the funding from April 2003 to August 2009. That period includes the terms of Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and two predecessors, Betty Ireland and Joe Manchin.

According to the audit, the Secretary of State's Office didn't put matching money into a single account with the federal money until 2007. As a result, the election fund lost interest earnings.

Auditors also found discrepancies between the Secretary of State's balance sheets and the Treasurer's Office's balance sheets. In a response to the audit, Tennant attributed the discrepancies to data entry errors and differences in accounting procedures.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported the audit's findings Thursday.

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