Texas announces details of forensic audit of 2020 election – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Texas Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday announced details of a 2020 election “forensic audit” it launched last week, a day after former President Donald Trump suggested to the governor Greg Abbott (right) to order the audit.
The secretary of state’s office said the audit ensures that “Texas voters have confidence in the electoral system” and addresses issues that election officials may face “that undermine the integrity of our elections.”
Trump won Texas in 2020 by 5.5 percentage points and there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state. Still, it was a GOP presidential candidate’s closest margin of victory in Texas in decades.
The secretary of state is appointed by the governor of Texas but has remained vacant since Ruth Ruggero Hughs resigned in May.
The first phase of the audit, according to the secretary of state’s office, includes testing the accuracy of voting machines, verifying cybersecurity and finding ineligible voters who voted in 2020. Officials have stated that part of the audit was already underway.
The second phase involves reviewing the ballots, registered voters lists, ballot chain of custody, signatures and much more from the 2020 elections.
The state said it would not hire any outside groups to conduct the audit, which was done during an Arizona election audit. This audit revealed that President Joe Biden won the state, as he did during the initial vote count.
The Texas audited counties will include the counties of Dallas and Harris – the main Democratic strongholds around Dallas and Houston – as well as Tarrant County, which for years was the largest GOP-controlled county in the state but has opted for Biden last year.
Collin County, which opted for Trump in 2020, will also be audited.
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