Audit: NYC Board of Elections lost voting machines, equipment

NEW YORK (AP) -- An audit of the New York City Board of Elections has found officials lost track of more than 1,450 pieces of equipment, including voting machines.

Democratic Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday questioned how elections officials can accurately count votes if they can't keep tabs on their inventory.

Stringer's audit examined inventory and other board records over a nearly three-year period, ending last February. It found four voting machines, 45 computers, 127 monitors, 85 printers and a dozen TV sets at Board of Elections facilities were missing.

A Board of Elections spokeswoman has refused to comment.

Stringer said officials must keep track of equipment bought with taxpayer dollars. He said the audit was initiated before the state's April primary, when more than 100,000 Brooklyn residents had trouble voting.