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Harris County wants election audit records turned over by state

County Attorney Christian Menefee despatched a letter to the secretary of state’s office Tuesday asking for proof of the audit and demanding all records.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Harris County is popping up the warmth on Texas Governor Greg Abbott over the state’s audit of the 2020 election results.

County leaders wish to know why they have been by no means knowledgeable.

County Attorney Christian Menefee despatched a letter to the secretary of state’s office Tuesday asking for proof of the audit, and demanding all records associated to it.

Editor’s word: The video on this story initially aired on Sept. 24.

“We need answers,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted. “Its intention is to undermine faith in our election processes. Our job is to prevent that from happening.”

Influenced by Trump?

The complete factor began final week when Former President Donald Trump referred to as on Abbott so as to add a invoice to the third particular session that might launch a statewide investigation into election outcomes.

Hours later, the secretary of state’s office introduced {that a} “full forensic audit” was already underway in 4 counties, together with Harris. Critics shortly accused Abbott of bowing to strain from Trump.

Hidalgo referred to as the transfer a “political ploy by a former president and someone who is trying to win party favor.”

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie tweeted described it as “pitiful.”

“Let me be the first to congratulate the disgraced former president, Donald Trump, on his apparently becoming the new governor of Texas,” Turner tweeted. “Pitiful yet predictable that @GregAbbott_TX has capitulated to Trump yet again.”

On Fox News Sunday, Abbott denied he was following Trump’s orders and stated the audit began “months ago,” in keeping with Politico.

Trump gained Texas. So why audit the outcomes?

Trump continues to make baseless claims that the election was rigged in Joe Biden’s favor, however no proof of widespread voter fraud has been present in Texas or every other state.

Even although Trump gained the Lone Star State, he insists the margin of victory ought to have been wider.

“Trump claims he should’ve won by a larger margin than 5 percentage points in Texas,” UTSA political scientist Jon Taylor stated. “Don’t forget, he didn’t win by a lot in 2016 either.”

Why Abbott must appease Trump

UTSA political scientist Jon Taylor stated Abbott wants Trump’s base if he wants to win in 2022. He already has two conservative Republicans able to problem him within the main.

“This is about proving to that Republican base that Abbott desperately needs to win re-election; that he’s in line with what Trump was saying on this,” Taylor stated.

Many Texas Republicans have supported Trump’s efforts to cast doubts on the election. But few Texas voters truly imagine voting fraud is frequent, with solely 19 p.c believing ineligible folks continuously cast ballots, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll from June.

The downside, Texas State University political scientist Roger Abshire says, is that repeated audits erode public belief within the democratic course of.

“The whole notion of constantly questioning the legitimacy of elections may have a detrimental effect on overall perceptions about the election,” Abshire stated. “I don’t imagine it’s going to make people want to vote more.”

The Texas Tribune and KENS5 contributed to this story. 

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