When faced with audit findings such as those produced by Bev Harris and her associate, a "point by point rebuttal" is not a sufficient response. The poor practices and lack of internal controls are not debatable, they are fact. The only acceptable response at this point is to produce some internal control standards, have them approved by an outside authority, and then willingly submit to an audit at the end of each election to ensure that those internal controls were followed exactly. These internal controls need to be in place before the Nov 2 election. By the way, this is the MINIMUM acceptable response. Do over of the Aug 5 election and replacing of all of the members of the election commission might also be options worth considering.
At the very least, the forensic audit reveals very poor practices and non-existent internal controls. Based upon these findings, a verbal rebuttal is meaningless.
By Chris Davis, Susan Ellis, Toby Sells, and Maya Smith
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