With their state legislature effectively in limbo, Texas Republicans have called for a forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election.
GOP members of the Texas state House made the proposal on the same day that Democrats fled the state in an effort to block an election integrity bill, the Washington Examiner reported.
Review by “independent third party”
State Rep. Steve Toth first introduced legislation calling for the audit that was co-authored by over a dozen Republicans on July 12, according to the Examiner.
The audit calls for an “independent third party” to review election results from Nov. 1, 2021 to Feb. 1, 2022 in counties with populations larger than 415,000, and to produce a report by March 1 “detailing any anomalies or discrepancies in voter data, ballot data, or tabulation.”
All but three of the counties to be audited were carried by Biden, although Donald Trump won the state.
The counties are Bexar, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson, Collin, Denton, and Montgomery, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
According to the Examiner, state Rep. Chris Turner, who chairs of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, slammed the audit as “based on the lie that there’s widespread voter fraud and Donald Trump really won the election,” echoing what Democrats have said about a Republican-led audit in Arizona, a state Biden narrowly won.
Controversy rages in Texas
Democrats have dismissed audits as partisan attempts to sow doubts about Biden’s legitimacy as president, as controversy and suspicion continue to linger over the November election, which a majority of Republican voters believe was tainted by fraud, polls show.
Republicans have sought to enact restrictions to stop voter fraud in Texas and other states, while Democrats led by Joe Biden have sought to make voting easier.
Texas underscored the national controversy when the state’s Democrats took the radical step of heading to Washington — where they have since introduced a coronavirus “super spreader” — last week to kill a voter ID bill.
The legislature has been unable to work since then, and the Texas Dems have said they plan to stay until a special session is over. While the legislature is essentially frozen, Republicans are not waiting for their Democratic counterparts to return to fortify election integrity.
“We need a forensic audit to uncover all the voter fraud,” Toth said, according to the Examiner.