County officials react to new election audit details – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
New details on a 2020 election audit of the Secretary of State’s office have been released. The first phase has already started for an audit of Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says it’s purely political.
The audit was announced hours after former President Donald Trump requested one in the state.
“What they will find is that their elections are free, fair and transparent, and they will release this information once the primaries are over on a Friday before a public holiday at 4:55 p.m.,” the judge said. from Dallas County, Clay Jenkins. .
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott said the audit had been ongoing for months and that the state was responsible for ensuring the integrity of the elections. The secretary of state’s office released some details, saying the first phase includes testing the accuracy of voting machines, assessing cybersecurity and finding ineligible voters who may have voted in 2020.
“After the election, we do an audit, we do a manual recount, a partial manual recount so that these files are in their hands,” said Bruce Sherbet, Election Administrator for Collin County.
Much of what is in phase one, counties are already required to do. Phase two begins next year. This involves examining the ballots, registered voters lists, signatures, and how the ballots are processed once the ballots are cast.
“If that makes some people happy and gives them more confidence, so be it. We feel very comfortable with the counts and the votes from our constituents, ”said Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.
The second phase will start next year, but it is not known when the audit will be completed or when the results will be made public. The secretary of state’s office said no outside group would be used to conduct the audit and expects the Texas legislature to set aside money for it.