Four Texas counties will be conducting a forensic audit of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Texas Secretary of State’s office announced the audit earlier this month but withheld details until Sept. 28.
Currently, work is being done to verify the accurate of voting machines, assessing cybersecurity and pinpointing and removing from voter rolls anyone who casted an illegal ballot.
The Electronic Registration Information Center has provided reports regarding voters who might have voted twice or illegally voted in Texas despite living elsewhere. There have also been votes officials have identified as being potentially cast by non-U.S. citizens.
All of this is considered Phase One of the audit. Phase Two is not expected to begin until the spring of 2022. Results from Tarrant and Collins counties will be examined at that point.
Chain-of-custody forms involving equipment as well as all logic and accuracy-testing records for voting machines will be examined by the Secretary of State’s office.
If results warrant, a full manual recount could be triggered in the affected precincts or polling locations.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county’s top elected official who is also a Democrat, was quick to criticize the audit.
“Donald Trump ordered Gov. Abbott to audit the 2020 Texas election and, like clockwork, Texas just initiated an audit of Harris County voters,” she said. “Democracy isn’t a game. These fake audits are an affront to all voters, and pure pandering to the kinds of extremists that stormed our Capitol.”