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November 19, 2021      12:17 PM

Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Speaker Phelan move $4 million from prisons to pay for elections audits

From the story:

Saying state lawmakers didn’t budget enough money, Gov. Greg Abbott and GOP legislative leaders on Friday cited an honest-elections “emergency” as they shifted $4 million from the state prison system to the secretary of state’s office to pay for county election audits required by the new Texas elections law. The secretary of state’s office, under Abbott’s effective control, would create an Election Audit Division to conduct the randomized county audits the new law calls for after the next midterm and presidential elections – and thereafter, every two years.

That’s an important step “to stop voter fraud,” Abbott said in his money request to top Republican lawmakers.

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