Texas SoS ‘Randomly’ Selects Harris County for 2022 Election Audit
‘Almost Nothing Surprises Us Now,’ Says HCDP Chair
Houston — November election results in Harris County will be audited, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, which says Harris County is one of four counties randomly selected by state officials to meet auditing requirements set forth in a new election law passed by the Texas legislature in 2021. Cameron County, Eastland County, and Guadalupe County were also selected.
In response to the announcement, Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement:
“It seems an ironic twist of fate that Harris County would be selected — at random — for another election audit. I’d like to say we are gobsmacked by this news, but almost nothing surprises us now.
“Just last year, the Texas Secretary of State’s office decided to audit Harris County’s 2020 Election results, following a request from former President Trump. The first phase of that review found few issues and nothing that would not have been flagged in the review processes that already exist.
“Unfortunately, Texas Republicans continue to perpetuate lies about election fraud, and our GOP-led state is hemorrhaging taxpayer money in an effort to prove something that is not there.
“There are already review processes in place. Why keep wasting money and time that would be better spent on things like improving our schools, ensuring public safety, or fixing our power grid?
“GOP lawmakers are weakening confidence in the democratic system by hyping up the threat of election fraud that doesn’t exist, and they are leveraging their lies to put laws in place that make it harder to vote.
“Republicans are clinging to these false claims of election fraud like they are clinging to the political power that would slip away from them if the people — all the people — were allowed to vote.”
For Immediate Release
July 28, 2022
Contact: Elisa Rochford