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Texas Ag Paxton Says He Endorses Election Audit In Texas

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he endorses an audit of the state’s 2020 election results, coming days after a state representative introduced a bill that would carry out an election review of Texas’s 13 most populous counties.

“I don’t know why we wouldn’t want to give people confidence in our elections, and give them the chance to know for sure that they’ve had an audit, and things are good or they’re bad,” Paxton told talk radio host Chad Hasty in an interview this week. “And it gives us an opportunity to figure out how we want to correct that.”

Rep. Steve Toth, a Republican, introduced the audit measure earlier this month, which would target counties with more than 415,000 population. Harris, Dallas, Bexar, Tarrant, Collin, Travis, Denton, Hidalgo, Fort Bend, El Paso, Williamson, Montgomery, and Cameron counties would be included in the review.

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The audit proposal, Paxton admitted, may not be feasible because counties may not comply with the state Senate, leading to a drawn-out process involving court battles.

“I think he had, like, 15 of the top counties of the state. Well, that’s a lot of people, that’s a lot of votes,” Paxton said in reference to Toth’s bill. “I don’t know how much cooperation you’re going to get from some of those counties, so it could be an undertaking that takes quite a while, but it may be worth doing once just to see where we’re at,” he added.

Of the counties, only three—Collin, Denton, and Montgomery—voted in favor of former President Donald Trump in 2020. The remaining 10 Texas counties voted for President Joe Biden.

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Republicans have said that audits and bills targeting election measures such as mail-in ballots, drop-boxes, and early voting are necessary to safeguard future elections and restore the public’s confidence in them. Democrats say GOP-backed audits are designed to damage the public’s tr… (Read more)

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