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Texas Bows To Trump; Announces 2020 Election Audit

Texas has announced it is conducting an audit of the 2020 general election in four counties.

In a brief statement on Thursday, the office of the state’s Secretary of State said they had the authority to conduct “a full and comprehensive forensic audit of any election” and has begun doing so in Dallas, Harris, Tarrant and Collin counties.

Of the four counties under audit, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant voted for Biden with only Collin backing the now-former president, according to data presented by Politico.

The announcement came hours after Liz Harrington, Donald Trump’s spokesperson, published a letter from the former president calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to support a bill for the state to conduct an election audit.

“Gov. Abbott, we need a ‘Forensic Audit of the 2020 Election’ added to the call now,” Trump wrote. “We’re quickly running out of time and it must be done this week. Texans know voting fraud occurred in some of their counties. Let’s get to the bottom of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”

The elections administrator for Harris County, Isabel Longoria, called Paxton’s audit a move to degrade trust in democracy.

“We have seen countless attempts to delegitimize the 2020 election. Today’s actions represent another attack by officials on our communities’ trust in elections,” she said in a statement. “While other people continue the political posturing and petty fights of the past, we will continue preparing for this November’s elections.”

Meanwhile, state Democrats chastised the move.

“Democracy isn’t a game,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted. “These fake audits are an affront to all voters, & pure pandering to the kinds of extremists that stormed our Capitol.”

State Rep. Chris Turner accused Abbott of capitulating to Trump.

“Let me be the first to congratulate the disgraced former president, Donald Trump, on his apparently becoming the new governor of Texas,” he said.

 

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