Second phase underway in 4 counties
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Secretary of State’s office announced Friday that it is beginning phase 2 of its forensic audit of the 2020 general election results in four counties.
The office first announced the forensic audit for Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties in September and explained that the process would be conducted in two phases.
The office spent just over two months in Phase 1 of the audit, which focused on the accuracy of voting machines, cybersecurity assessments, and identifying and removing any ineligible voters who could have voted during the election. Any potential case of illegal voting should be referred to the Texas attorney general’s office for investigation.
A summary of the findings from phase 1 of the audit will be made available to the public by the end of the month, the SOS office said.
Phase 2 of the audit began with a “comprehensive document request” from the four counties, the SOS office said on Friday. The office says the request “covers more election material than any other election audit in the United States to date,” and the audit of these four counties will cover about 35% of all votes cast in the state in elections. from 2020.
The office requests all documents that county election officials are required to keep for 22 months after each election under federal and state laws.
According to a letter from Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott to election administrators in all four counties, counties are being asked to locate the documents for an on-site review, tentatively scheduled for January.
Also in the letter, Scott asks election administrators several questions about election security, including the following:
- Do you have badge-controlled access to your electoral office?
- Do you keep track of who walks into the office, especially in sensitive areas?
- Are visitors escorted at all times?
- Do you keep track of who enters the voting scheduling area?
- Is the number of people authorized to access the programming space limited?
Click here to read the full letter outlining all of the documents requested by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.