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Auditor gives secretary of state award for perfect audit

Monday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler recognized the Secretary of State’s efforts in securing a perfect audit for all three state property inventories of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The State Auditor is responsible for making sure all state agencies have possession or knowledge of the state property under their care. The office of the State Auditor performs a routine audit every two years of Alabama state agencies for all items costing $500.00 or more.
Secretary of State’s office property Manager Anthony Powell was recognized for his role in attaining a perfect audit in a certificate of commendation from Auditor Ziegler.

“Property managers may strive for good work, but few attain a perfect audit. I commend Anthony Powell for doing a super job of ensuring that all property is accounted for!” said Secretary of State John H. Merrill.

The Secretary of State’s three categories for property inventory are general agency, voter registration, and the Office of Helping America Vote Act.

In the 2013 audit, before Secretary Merrill took office, 94 items of 890 were unaccounted for in the HAVA inventory. Today, all 643 items are accounted for in HAVA inventory.

“This is the first time in more than a decade that all three divisions of the Secretary of State’s office have been recognized as having completed a perfect audit!” said Merrill. “We commend Anthony Powell and all team members responsible for the inventory of this equipment. We are excited to be recognized by the State Auditor and his team for accomplishing the expected goal of a perfect audit!”

“I was blessed to present a perfect audit certificate to Sec. of State John Merrill and his Property Manager Anthony Powell,” Zeigler said in a statement. “This inventory covered two of three divisions of the Sec. of State. The Office of Helping America Vote was responsible for 643 items of taxpayer property, costing you $833,161.61. All present and accounted for. The Office of Voter Registration was responsible fore 59 items of taxpayer property costing you $36,154.94. All present and accounted for.”

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Both Zeigler and Merrill are term-limited from seeking another term in the current position.
Merrill is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones. Zeigler has formed an official exploratory committee to explore running for the same office.

Merrill previously served in the Alabama House of Representatives representing Tuscaloosa County.

Zeigler is a retired elder care attorney and previously served on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

Both are former Student Government Association presidents at the University of Alabama.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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