The Texas secretary of state’s workplace has initiated audits of the 2020 election in 4 counties, it introduced Thursday.
The workplace mentioned contests administered in Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin counties are beneath overview and that it expects the state Legislature will “present funds for this objective.”
“Underneath present Texas legal guidelines, the Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a full and complete forensic audit of any election and has already begun the method in Texas’ two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties,” the workplace mentioned in a press release.
TRUMP CALLS ON TEXAS GOVERNOR FOR ‘FORENSIC AUDIT’ OF 2020 ELECTION DESPITE WINNING STATE
The announcement follows a request from former President Donald Trump to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier Thursday, asking him to assist a “forensic audit” of the 2020 election in Texas — a state that Trump carried within the presidential election.
“Regardless of my large win in Texas, I hear Texans need an election audit!” Trump mentioned in a letter to Abbott.
Trump urged Abbott to guide on extra election reform and touted HB 16, a invoice just lately launched within the Texas Home of Representatives.
“This laws particularly addresses the 2020 Presidential Election, and permits audits for future elections,” Trump mentioned in a press release. “The invoice creates a course of for candidates and social gathering chairs to provoke an audit, and makes use of the identical language as SB 97, which already handed the Texas State Senate, however didn’t have sufficient time to make it via the Home throughout the Second Particular Session.”
The election opinions put Texas within the firm of Arizona, Wisconsin , and Pennsylvania, every of which presently have audit efforts underway. Democrats and a few Republicans have usually attacked the inspiration of the audits — claims of widespread fraud compromising the election — as unproven and conspiratorial.
Auditors in Arizona overseeing the nation’s most high-profile and controversial election audit are scheduled to ship their findings to the Republican-led state Senate on Friday.