Four of Texas’ largest counties will be undergoing an election audit, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, as reported by The Hill.
The Thursday announcement came as a surprise to many, despite calls for election credibility checks persisting almost a year after the 2020 presidential election.
The audit is likely due, in part, to former President Donald Trump’s request that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) back a bill to launch that would launch an election audit in the southern state.
“Despite my big win in Texas, I hear Texans want an election audit! You know your fellow Texans have big questions about the November 2020 Election,” Trump said. “Let’s get to the bottom of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!”
In the announcement about the audit, the Secretary of State’s office said that it would be “a full and comprehensive forensic audit” taking place in Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin counties.
This audit has come despite the intense consternation of Democrats who spoke out against the assessment of election integrity in the Lone Star State:
“Let me be the first to congratulate the disgraced former president, Donald Trump, on his apparently becoming the new governor of Texas,” state House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner said on Twitter. “Pitiful yet predictable that @GregAbott_TX has capitulated to Trump yet again.”
Republicans, however, have been consistently in support of election analysis due to the excessive irregularities reported across the nation, as well as documented evidence of fraud in many states where the election was close enough for an audit.