Audit finds no widespread fraud in the 2020 Texas presidential election
The first progress report on examining the 2020 Texas Presidential Election has been released.
It shows only a few discrepancies between electronic counting and manual recounting.
The exam reviews nearly 3.9 million votes in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Harris counties.
It was ordered by Governor Greg Abbott at the request of former President Donald Trump, despite Trump winning the state by 5%.
The state continues to investigate nearly 600 votes nationwide that may have been cast illegally, but there is no evidence of widespread fraud.
Each of the counties with small discrepancies between the electronic vote count and the manual vote count had explanations for the problem. For example, in Collin County, the roadside voting machines did not produce paper records, and in Dallas County there was a problem with data entry.
“Once all of these are examined, we will find that there are very few illegal votes cast, so Texas will look pretty good,” said SMU political scientist Cal Jillson.
After reading the state’s progress report, which was released at noon on New Year’s Eve, Jillson said the Texas election process will likely be validated by the time the final exam comes out.
“If we have a handful of illegal votes out of 3.88 million votes cast in these four counties, I’ll be surprised,” added Jillson.
The Texas State Department office said auditors would continue to examine 509 voters who may have voted in Texas and another state, as well as 67 votes cast in the name of dead voters.
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It is important to note that the votes in question are a drop in the ocean of the state’s 11.3 million votes cast.
“Whether they have voted in another state and Texas, voted more than once in their county, whether someone who is not a US citizen voted what should not have been done, the vast majority will be seen as spelling mistakes or easy to understand Fixed glitches in the process, “instead of deliberately illegal voting,” explained Jillson.
The state audit covers the two largest Democratic counties, Dallas and Harris, and the two largest Republican counties, Collin and Tarrant.
Of these counties, the state found 5,483 possible non-US citizens’ electoral rolls. Dallas County has already canceled more than 1,100 of these records while Collin and Tarrant Counties are still reviewing each record.
Remember, these are voter records, not necessarily votes cast.
Harris County has not yet responded to the Secretary of State.
“People who want to argue that the elections were fraught with fraud and corruption, likely stolen, will point out these unresolved discrepancies as part of their case,” said Jillson. “Others will find that as the process continues, almost any discrepancy is resolved in a clear and understandable manner.”
Jillson said perhaps the most comforting part of the exam was that the discrepancy between the electronic votes being counted and the hand counting was one-tenth of a percent.
“I urge people to look at these reports with clear eyes, which indicate that our elections are being conducted well and honestly,” he said.
The Texas Department of Foreign Affairs office is currently working on the second phase of the review.
A spokesman said the office’s request for documents included more electoral material than any other exam in the United States to date.