On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Texas Secretary of State confirmed that a forensic audit of the 2020 election had begun in four Counties.
“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 the two largest Democrat counties and two largest Republican counties in Texas,—Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin—for the 2020 election,” the office announced on its website, anticipating that the Legislature will provide funds for this purpose, according to Western Journal.
Tarrant County has indicated that a complete forensic audit of the 2020 election results is on the way to processing, CBS local rerported.
“We stand ready to assist the Secretary of State. While our Elections Department has had initial conversations with the Secretary of State, they have not requested any information at this time. We are open and willing to do whatever we can to help the Secretary of State in their efforts,” officials said in an email to CBS 11 Friday, Sept. 24.
Former President Trump backed House Bill 16(PDF) in an open letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which calls for a “review of the results of the 2020 general election.”
“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,” said the former president. “This short amendment doesn’t answer the questions Texans have about the last election. Texans demand a real audit to completely address their concerns.”
Donald Trump stated that new legislation introduced in the Texas Legislature’s third special session needs to be passed.
“This legislation specifically addresses the 2020 Presidential Election, and enables audits for future elections,” Trump said. “The bill creates a process for candidates and party chairs to initiate an audit, and uses the same language as SB 97, which already passed the Texas State Senate, but did not have enough time to make it through the House during the Second Special Session.
“Texas needs you to act now. Your Third Special Session is the perfect, and maybe last, opportunity to pass this audit bill. Time is running out. Paper ballots in your state are only kept for 22 months after the election.
“Your citizens don’t trust the election system, and they want your leadership on this issue, which is the number one thing they care about. It is their most important issue—one that will affect 2022 and 2024.”