Texas, prompted by Trump, announces election audits in 4 counties
Former President Donald J. Eight and a half hours after Trump’s public demand for Texas Governor Greg Abbott to create a “forensic audit of the 2020 election,” the Texas Secretary of State’s office announced a “comprehensive forensic audit.” Out of the results for the four largest counties in the state.
The prompt response by state officials in Texas, which Mr Trump pushed by more than five percentage points last year, was the latest example of the former president’s lasting influence on the Republican Party, especially as it dented his efforts to dent public confidence. The matter comes. The legitimacy of his loss to President Biden last year.
“Governor Abbott, we need a ‘forensic audit of the 2020 election,'” Mr Trump said in an afternoon open letter to Mr Abbott. “Texans are aware that voting fraud has occurred in some of their counties.”
Texas is currently without a Secretary of State, following the May retirement of Ruth Ruggero Hughes. Mr Abbott, a Republican, has yet to appoint a successor.
Still, the office issued a two-sentence statement late Thursday saying it would scrutinize 2020 election ballots in Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties. The news release called those counties “the two largest Democrat counties and the two largest Republican counties” in the state, but only Collin County, out of four, supported Trump against Biden in the 2020 election. The audit process has already started, the statement said.
Ever since Arizona Republicans began reviewing more than 2 million ballots in Maricopa County, Trump-aligned Republicans across the country have sought to repeat the effort. In Wisconsin, a former state Supreme Court justice is examining election results and said Monday that an audit of ballots is possible. Pennsylvania Republicans last week asked for driver’s license data and Social Security numbers for every voter in the state as part of an investigation into the 2020 election there.
Various reviews have found no significant evidence of fraud or impropriety in the counting of votes. But they pose a new kind of security risk as third parties gain access to voting equipment and raise questions about the use of public resources to investigate Republican conspiracy theories.
To date, there have been no serious allegations that the Texas election was flawed.
Texas Democrats called the audit the latest attempt by Mr Abbott and the state’s Republicans to get Mr Trump done.
Texas Democratic Party President Gilberto Hinojosa said, “All of this is an organized attempt to subvert the will of the people in an attempt to promote the ‘Big Lie’ and inflame Trump’s arrogance.”
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