TEXAS — Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott’s office on Thursday announced 2020 and 2022 election results from four Texas counties have been randomly selected to be audited after the November midterm election, and that includes the state’s most populous county, Harris.
The audits are part of The Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021, better known as Senate Bill 1.
The act mandates that election results from four counties be audited every two years.
Besides Harris, the secretary of state’s office will audit results from Cameron, Guadalupe and Eastland counties.
It’s further stipulated that two of the counties subject to audit have a population greater than 300,000 and two of them be below that threshold. Harris and Cameron as the counties with more than 300,000 people.
According to a Facebook post, those counties were chosen by pulling slips of paper bearing the names of Texas counties from a bucket.
Not everyone is convinced the process was random.
“Yeah, ok. I’m sure the state’s selection of Harris County was ‘randomized’ as the Election Code requires,” he wrote. “Just like it was a random coincidence when last year the state announced an audit of our 2020 election hours after Trump sent @GregAbbott_TX a public ltr calling for an audit.”
Harry County was criticized by conservatives during the 2020 election cycle when it offered drive-thru voting and other conveniences to facilitate voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In September 2021, the secretary of state’s office announced it would forensically audit results in Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. Dallas, Tarrant and Harris counties are the largest in Texas and all went to President Joe Biden.