North Carolina State Auditor
|North Carolina State Auditor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$15,411,606|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section 7|
|Next election:||November 8, 2016|
|Last election:||November 6, 2012|
|Other North Carolina Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The current officeholder is Beth Wood (D). She was first elected in 2008.
(1) Officers. A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State in 1972 and every four years thereafter, at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected. Their term of office shall be four years and shall commence on the first day of January next after their election and continue until their successors are elected and qualified. ...
Article VI, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:
|Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.|
- qualified North Carolina voter
- 21 years of age
The auditor in North Carolina is popularly elected every four years, in presidential election years. The auditor, barring any vacancies, will be elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020. The term of office is four years, and begins on the first day of January next after their election.
|North Carolina State Auditor General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Beth Wood Incumbent||53.7%||2,299,541|
|Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.|
Article III, Section 7 addresses vacancies in the office of auditor. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor who will serve until a new officeholder is elected. The election coincides with the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 60 days after the seat becomes vacant.
The Office of the State Auditor provides independent, unbiased, and professional assessments of whether public resources are being properly accounted for. The primary type of audit the office performs is financial, but there are a number of duties that go along with auditing the state's use of taxpayer money:
- assess the security and integrity of the state's information technology systems
- provide monitoring and technical assistance for non-government recipients of state grants
- evaluate state programs
- provide guidance to the legislature on the operation of all aspects of state government, clerks of court, University systems, and community colleges
- Financial Audits
- General Counsel
- Human Resources
- Management Information Systems
- Performance Audits
- Public/Legislative Affairs
- Quality Assurance
The budget for the Office of the State Auditor in Fiscal Year 2013 was $15,411,606.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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Contact informationNorth Carolina Office of the State Auditor
20601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0601
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Toll free: 800-730-8477
- Office of the State Auditor, "About the office of the state auditor, Accessed July 5, 2011
- North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, "2011-2013 Post Legislative Budget Summary," accessed April 13, 2013
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved April 23, 2011