The State of Texas has announced that it will be conducting a ‘full forensic audit’ of four major counties’ 2020 election results. The Secretary of State made the announcement on Thursday evening, as a local CBS affiliate reported:
The Texas Secretary of State’s office announced on Thursday, September 23 it has begun a forensic audit of the 2020 election in three North Texas counties, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin along with Harris County.
In a statement sent to CBS 11, it said in part: Under existing Texas laws, the Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit. We anticipate the Legislature will provide funds for this purpose.
The Texas Secretary of State issued a statement on the upcoming forensic audit:
Under existing Texas laws, the Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election and has already begun the process in Texas’ two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties—Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin—for the 2020 election. We anticipate the Legislature will provide funds for this purpose.
Donald Trump earlier backed Texas’ House Bill 16 in an open letter to Governor Greg Abbott:
“Bills to audit elections in your great state’s House and Senate were considered during Texas’ Second Special Session. Instead, the legislature passed a watered-down amendment that doesn’t even apply to the 2020 Presidential Election. This short amendment doesn’t answer the questions Texans have about the last election. Texans demand a real audit to completely address their concerns.”
In related election integrity news, the Arizona election audit draft report has been leaked to the press. Its results have been described by an election review official as “encouraging and alarming.”