Even though the fiscal year doesn’t end until Sunday and the state audit of county accounts is months away, Administrator of Elections Linda Medley said Tuesday she is almost finished with her response to what she anticipates the review will say about overspending in the election office. After the county commission denied Medley’s request to amend her current budget after exceeding the amount allotted for a part-time deputy, Medley said the scrutiny on her budget could be part of an effort to affect her performance and force her out of office. Medley told the election commission Tuesday that she has discussed the budget situation with state Election Coordinator Mark Goins and he agrees the excess likely will turn up as a “finding” by state auditors in their annual review of county spending. “He agreed that somewhere in time it could reflect on my performance,” Medley said. She said she has her response to the potential finding “almost prepared.” Commissioner Allen Johnson asked about the possibility of revisiting the amendment request with the county commission, but Medley pointed out it was an 11-0 vote to deny and Chairman Jack Garton said “unless we change some hearts,” the effort would likely prove futile. Johnson said he is concerned because the election commission’s original budget of $11,000 for the part-time position was reduced to $8,000 without any explanation or justification. Also of concern is the fact that the 2013-14 budget currently being considered by the Budget Committee again cuts the part-time pay from $11,000 requested by the election office to $8,000, which Johnson said will leave the office “hampered” in performing its required duties. Medley asked the commission to table further discussion on the pending budget shortfall while she continues to research more options, which include petitioning the Chancery Court to order the county to reinstate the original budget amount.