In addition, Texas officials statewide offered little clarity. Abbott’s office sent questions about the audit to the Secretary of State’s office. The secretary of state job is currently vacant in Texas and other officials in that office did not respond to requests for comment.
Officials in Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties said they have not yet received a request from the secretary of state’s office for information or materials that would be relevant to a post-election audit. Collin County officials did not immediately respond to CNN’s investigation.
A Texas official told CNN that even officials inside the Secretary of State’s office were unaware that an audit was underway.
“The people of Texas know there has been voting fraud in some of their counties. Let’s get to the bottom of the 2020 presidential election scandal!” Trump wrote in his letter to Abbott, even though there was no evidence of significant fraud in the 2020 presidential election in Texas or any other state.
Democrats in the Lone Star State reprimanded Abbott for accepting Trump’s demands.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said, “This is a weak governor, openly and brazenly taking his orders from a disgraced former president. Governor Abbott is wasting taxpayer funds to try and stifle Texans’ freedom to vote.” to be trampled upon.” a Democrat. “As the former Republican Secretary of State noted: Texas had a clean and fair election.”
In Harris County, Judge Lena Hidalgo, a Democrat, tweeted, “Democracy is no game. These fake audits are a disgrace to all voters, and pure pandering to the type of extremists attacking our Capitol.”
Harris County Election Administrator Isabel Longoria also denounced the push as another attempt to undermine Americans’ confidence in the elections.
“We have seen countless attempts to make the 2020 election illegal,” Longoria said on Thursday. “Today’s action represents another attack by the authorities on the trust in our communities in elections.”
In Tarrant County, a GOP stronghold that President Joe Biden narrowly flipped over in 2020, the county said in a statement that it plans to comply with requests from the Secretary of State’s office, although no information has been provided so far. The request was not made.
Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley, a Republican, offered a more biting assessment of the push.
“Conspiracy theorists who want to come up with all these ways or reasons why this choice wasn’t right – they may very well be looking for something else.” [to doubt],” Whitley told the Texas Tribune. “It is time to move on.”