The Macon County Board of Elections is still missing $51,845.81. The funds were supposedly spent on contracting with four women. While the investigation of embezzlement continues, the board’s director has been put on paid leave. Said director is known to have been the only person in the organization to authorize, or even be aware of, checks written for the missing money. To date, said person has collected $17,669.94 on said leave while an interim director fills in. Last week, the commissioners transferred $41,000 to the board to help with its budget shortfall. Now, they trying to eliminate that paid part about said person’s said leave (1, 2).

But they can’t. General statutes require the approval of the state board of elections.