City Board of Elections officials have lost track of more than 1,450 pieces of equipment, including some voting machines, according to an audit released Monday. “If you can’t count inventory, how can New Yorkers trust you to count their votes?” said Comptroller Scott Stringer, who led an army of auditors carrying out the task. Election officials examined Board of Elections inventories over nearly three years, ending last February. Tracing more than 5,000 items out of about 11,000 inventoried, they scoured five board warehouses and other facilities to match the entries.
They found hundreds of pieces of election and office equipment that were missing from inventory records, but actually existed. They included four voting machines, 45 computers, 127 monitors, 85 printers and a dozen TV sets. That means the items might sit unused as preparations are made for the voting.
In addition, auditors discovered more than 1,170 items that had not been properly tagged: 463 computers, 449 monitors, 23 laptops and 232 printers.
A Board of Elections spokeswoman declined to comment.