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Arkansas Auditor of State

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Arkansas Auditor of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $99,546,545
Term limits:  Two terms
Structure
Length of term:   Four years
Authority:  Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 63, Article 6
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Andrea Lea
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 13, 2015
Compensation:  $54,305
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Arkansas Executive Offices
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The Arkansas Auditor of State is a state executive position in the Arkansas state government. The auditor "acts as the general accountant for the State, keeping track of all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies, and writing the warrants (checks) in payment of the liabilities of the State."[1] The auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division.

Current officeholder

The current auditor is Andrea Lea, a Republican first elected in November 2014 and sworn into office on January 13, 2015.

Authority

The office of auditor is established by Amendment 63 to Article 6 of the Arkansas Constitution.[2]

Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 63

The Executive Department of this State shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, Attorney General and Commissioner of State Lands, all of whom shall keep their offices at the seat of government, and hold their offices for the term of four (4) years, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

Qualifications

The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.

Other requirements to complete a voter registration form -- essentially, qualifications to be an elector -- are given by Amendment 59, Section 6 of the constitution.

Incumbents may not hold any other state, federal, or civil office, and may not have ever been convicted of "embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime."

Constitution of Arkansas, Article 19, Section 3

No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.

Constitution of Arkansas, Article 5, Section 9

No person hereafter convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or other infamous crime, shall be eligible to the General Assembly or capable of holding any office of trust or profit in this State.

Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 51, Section 6

(6) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following questions along with boxes for the applicant to check "yes" or "no" in response:
(A) "Are you a citizen of the United States of America and an Arkansas resident?;"
(B) "Will you be eighteen (18) years of age on or before election day?;"
(C) "Are you presently adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction?;"
(D) "Have you ever pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or found guilty of a felony without your sentence having been discharged or pardoned?;" and
(E) "Do you claim the right to vote in another county or state?."
(7) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following statements immediately following the questions asked in subdivision (a)(6) of this section:
(A) "If you checked "No" in response to either questions A or B, do not complete this form.;"
(B) "If you checked "Yes" in response to one or more of questions C, D, or E, do not complete this form.;" and

Elections

Arkansas state government organizational chart

Arkansans elect their auditor for four-year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). Auditors of state, like all Arkansas executives, served two-year terms until 1982, when Amendment 63 to the Constitution of Arkansas increased the term length to its current level. The first elections held under the new system occurred in 1986, and every four years since.[3]

2014

See also: Arkansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Arkansas Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Lea 57.2% 471,211
     Democratic Regina Stewart Hampton 37.4% 308,285
     Libertarian Brian Leach 5.4% 44,702
Total Votes 824,198
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

Term limits

Auditors of state, like all Arkansas executives, face an absolute limit of two terms in office.[4]

Full history


Vacancies

Per Article 6, Section 22 of the Arkansas Constitution, when the office of auditor becomes vacant "by death, resignation, or otherwise," the governor appoints a replacement to complete the unexpired term.

Duties

The auditor acts as the state's general accountant and supervises "all fund and appropriation balances of all state agencies,"[1] in addition to writing the warrants, or checks, used to pay the state's liabilities. The auditor's office ensures the solvency of each state agency and "makes sure each agency appropriation has a sufficient balance before the warrants are released."[1] It also acts as disbursing officer for some federal funds destined for state judicial or legislative actors, including judges, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The auditor also sits on the State Board of Finance, the Commercial Mobile Radio Services/Emergency Telephone Services Board and the Boards of Continuing Education for County and Circuit Clerks, County Treasurers and County Collectors. He or she is also an ex- officio board member of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System.

In addition to his or her other duties, the auditor also manages the state's unclaimed property division; it holds such property for three years before depositing that property in the state's general fund.

Divisions

  • Unclaimed Property
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Data Processing
  • Warrants

State budget

See also: Arkansas state budget and finances

The budget for the Arkansas Auditor of State's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $99,546,545.[5]

Compensation

The compensation of all state constitutional officers is set by Amendment 70 to the Arkansas Constitution. Salaries can be adjusted each year by the Arkansas State Legislature, though salary increases cannot exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.[6]

2014

In 2014, the auditor received a salary of $54,305, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

2013

In 2013, the auditor received a salary of $54,305. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[8]

2010

In 2010, the auditor received compensation in the amount of $54,594.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Arkansas

Physical address:
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 325
Little Rock, RA 77201
Phone: (501) 682-6030
E-mail: info@auditor.ar.gov

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