Texas election officers mentioned Thursday night time they had been auditing the 2020 ends in 4 giant counties hours after former President Donald Trump, persevering with to falsely declare the election was stolen, pressed Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for a poll evaluate.
Trump received Texas final yr by 5.5 share factors, the closest margin of victory by a GOP presidential nominee in a long time.
The Texas Secretary of State’s Workplace didn’t say what prompted the announcement in a night information launch. Earlier this yr, Keith Ingram, the workplace’s elections administrator, mentioned the 2020 elections in Texas had been “protected and safe.”
The audited counties will embody the most important Democratic strongholds round Houston and Dallas, in addition to Tarrant County, which for years has been the most important GOP-controlled county in Texas however went for President Joe Biden final yr.
“Beneath current 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 assertion learn.
It went on to say the workplace expects the legislature to offer funding for the audit. It was not clear who would conduct the evaluate, and a spokesman for the workplace didn’t return a message late Thursday.
The secretary of state is appointed by the governor in Texas however has remained vacant since Ruth Ruggero Hughs stepped down in Could. An Abbott spokeswoman didn’t reply to questions in regards to the announcement late Thursday.
Trump known as on Abbott to conduct an audit of the Texas election in an announcement earlier Thursday, saying “your residents don’t belief the election system.” Trump has falsely claimed that claimed that voting fraud and irregularities price him electoral votes in Arizona, the place on Friday his supporters employed to evaluate the 2020 vote rely are anticipated to ship their findings.
The opposite county within the Texas evaluate is booming Collin County, in suburban Dallas, which went for Trump final yr.
Harris County Decide Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat and the county’s prime elected official, swiftly criticized the transfer. “Donald Trump ordered Gov. Abbott to audit the 2020 Texas election and, like clockwork, TX simply initiated an audit of Harris County voters. Democracy isn’t a sport,” she tweeted.
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