TEXAS — The Texas secretary of state’s office on Friday released a progress report on the four-county audit of 2020 election results.

What You Need To Know

  • A progress report released on Dec. 31, 2021, concerning the audit of 2020 election results in four Texas counties includes no evidence of widespread voter fraud

  • Small discrepancies were reported in three of the four counties being recounted

  • Auditors are additionally investigating some potential cases of votes cast in the names of dead people and cross-state duplicate votes

  • Former President Donald Trump in September called for the audit, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott subsequently ordered it

The audit, requested by former President Donald Trump and ordered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, so far does not point to widespread voter fraud during the election.

Trump requested the audit despite winning Texas by about 5 points. The counties involved are four of the state’s larger, more urban counties: Tarrant, Dallas, Collin and Harris.

The report indicates there were small discrepancies between votes counted by hand and those counted electronically in three of the four counties.

In Collin County, a 17-vote discrepancy was identified in three precincts. This has been attributed to curbside voting machines made available to people physically unable to enter polling locations. The machines do not produce paper records and therefore were not included in the manual count.

In Dallas County, a 10-vote discrepancy was identified in a recount of results from seven precincts. This has been attributed to a data entry error by county officials.

A recount of results from 10 precincts in Harris County produced a five-vote discrepancy. This has been chalked up by the county to an error in the manual counting of mail-in ballots.

No discrepancy was found in a recount of seven Tarrant County precincts.

In all, the audit will review approximately 3.9 million votes cast in the four counties. Auditors, the office said, will additionally review 67 potential votes cast in the names of dead people as well as a potential 509 cross-state duplicate votes, both statewide.

More than 11 million votes were cast in Texas during the November 2020 election.

Trump in September called on Abbott to conduct an audit of the Texas election, saying “your citizens don’t trust the election system.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.