The Texas secretary of state’s office released damming findings in the first phase in the state’s forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election, revealing thousands of votes potentially cast by noncitizens and the deceased.
As 2021 came to an end, Texas Secretary of State John Scott released a progress report on Dec. 31 uncovering the significant voting discrepancies across the state. These include hundreds of potential duplicate cross-state ballots, noncitizens registered to vote, and multiple cases of ballots cast by dead voters.
According to the progress report, the audit found roughly 509 potential cross-state duplicate votes cast in the 2020 general election, meaning individuals may have voted in both Texas and another state. After finding 67 potential votes cast by deceased voters in Collin County, Dallas County, Harris County, and Tarrant County, an investigation is underway in the state.
A total of 11,737 potential noncitizens were found to have been registered to vote, the report further reveals. 327 records were reported in Collin County, 1,385 in Dallas County, 3,063 in Harris County, and 708 were reported in Tarrant County.
The Lone Star State officially announced a forensic audit into the 2020 presidential election following calls from Texas lawmakers and added pressure from President Trump.
Trump called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to add election integrity to the agenda for the special session and affirmed that lawmakers must pass House Bill 16 to ensure safe and secure elections in the future by conducting a forensic audit.
“By allowing the Democrats to do what they do, it will make it much harder for the Governor and other Republicans to win election in 2022 and into the future,” Trump said. “Texas is a much redder state than anyone knows, but this is the way to make sure it turns blue.”
Following the announcement of an election audit in the state, Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated the news on Twitter, writing it is “great news” for the state.
The secretary of state is set to release final audit findings after completing phase two.