Texas Attorney General Sets Up Unit For Election Fraud Allegations In November Election – Houston Public Media
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is launching a new unit to investigate potential allegations of voter fraud in the November 2 election.
The Republican Attorney General’s announcement on Monday coincided with the first day of early voting for the Texas constitutional amendment election. Paxton’s office said additional staff and resources would focus on security and transparency, even though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state.
Paxton said in a declaration that he creates the unit, “to monitor this season’s local elections – which, even if they are local, must be held in accordance with state law.” The Attorney General’s office already operates an “Election Integrity Division” year round. The latest effort includes a new email address where the public can share allegations: [email protected].
The initiative is drawing criticism from voting rights groups in Texas.
“What this announcement lacks is the typical language you normally hear from elected leaders, which celebrates the fact that people can vote, and encourages people to vote and even provides basic information on the vote. way of voting, “said James Slattery, senior lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Slattery says the new unit strengthens Paxton’s efforts to undermine confidence in the election and deter voting.
“It is particularly troubling for this attorney general, who has now long abused the power of his office to spread conspiracy theories of voter fraud and intimidate voters, especially people of color.”
Paxton is a close political ally of former President Donald Trump and has unsuccessfully asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election results that Trump lost. A United States House committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, is examine communications between Paxton and Trump administration officials in the months leading up to the insurgency. Paxton spoke at Trump’s rally in Washington, DC that day before a violent crowd, motivated by false allegations of voter fraud, attempted to prevent Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden as next president.
Trump has backed Paxton in his bid for re-election next year. He faces several main Republican opponents, including Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.