(PatriotWise.com)- On the same day their Democrat colleagues fled to DC aboard private planes in order to avoid voting on an election integrity bill, Texas House Republicans introduced a bill for a forensic audit of the 2020 election for the state’s 13 largest counties. Most of these counties went largely for Joe Biden in a state Donald Trump won with 52% of the vote.
The legislation, filed by Texas State Representative Steve Toth would have Texas follow the Arizona Republican Senate’s lead in conducting an inspection of election machines and materials related to the November 3, 2020 election.
This move has prompted a great deal of criticism from both Democrats and state officials who maintain that there is no evidence of widespread election fraud in Texas.
Counties targeted in this audit bill are the ones with populations exceeding 415,000 people. It calls on Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and the Texas House Speaker to appoint an “independent third party” to conduct a review beginning on November 1, 2021 and ending on February 1, 2022.
The bill then mandates that a final report be delivered to Texas officials by March 1, 2022 “detailing any anomalies or discrepancies in voter data, ballot data, or tabulation.”
The legislation, called “Texas Voter Confidence Act,” is co-authored by over a dozen Republicans.
State Representative Chris Turner, the chairman of the Texas House Democrat Caucus, told the Dallas Morning News that the audit legislation is “based on the lie that there’s widespread voter fraud and Donald Trump really won the election.”
In an online post Monday, Representative Toth said the audit is needed to “uncover all the voter fraud” and that the bill is a product of meetings with constituents and “a direct request from the voters who sent me to Austin.”
Ten of the 13 counties included in the “Texas Voter Confidence Act” audit, including Dallas and Tarrant counties, were won by Joe Biden. The counties included also cover Democrat cities Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.