A state investigation in Texas of the results from last year’s presidential election in four large counties has revealed no evidence of the kind of systematic fraud that former President Donald Trump and others have claimed was responsible for Biden’s election victory. The investigation — in a state Trump won — was ordered by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott and has been being conducted by the Secretary of State’s office, which specifically targeted Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, and Collin counties. The newly released findings are preliminary in nature, and the investigation will seemingly be continuing, but it’s clear at this stage that no signs of systematic fraud have emerged.
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Biden won three of the four counties that have been under investigation, suggesting that it’s a lean towards the Democrats that leads these Republican officials into questioning election outcomes. After all, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently touted a description for the process of what he called “stealing” an election that involves “[seeding] an area heavy with potential Democratic votes with as many absentee ballots as possible, targeting and convincing potential voters to complete them in a legally valid way, and then harvesting and counting the results.” The quote, from an article in The American Conservative, uses scary-sounding words to refer to the basic process of conducting voter outreach… but Paul’s description of a process including convincing voters to fill out their ballots and then counting them as the theft of an election says a lot about the GOP’s opposition to democracy.
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As for the Texas probe, an NBC affiliate in the Dallas area explained that a “preliminary report found that out of those nearly 4 million votes in those four counties, there were 17 deceased voters and 60 cross-state duplicate votes,” with the latter referring to votes cast by individuals who potentially also cast votes in other states. Three registered Republicans from Central Florida were recently criminally charged for having done such a thing. Data for these indicators of potential fraud is available for the state as a whole, and the picture doesn’t get particularly more concerning there, either: a total of 509 potential cross-state duplicate votes have been uncovered across Texas, while a total of 67 votes that were potentially cast in the name of deceased individuals have been found. In Georgia, four such votes in the name of dead people were confirmed; all of the ballots (from last year’s elections) had been submitted by family members. Check out more at this link.
Trump demanded an audit of election results in Texas—a state he won decisively.
Now, a state-financed audit in four major counties has turned up…pretty much nothing.
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