The Secretary of State’s office released a progress report (PDF) of its “full forensic audit” of the 2020 general election results in Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Cos. Much of this report summarizes work routinely done by counties under existing law to ensure accuracy of election results and voter registration rolls.

Current law requires counties to conduct manual recounts to ensure accuracy of voting equipment. “None of the four counties reported any discrepancies” in Election Day votes. Collin Co. reported a discrepancy of 17 early ballots, which the county attributed to the curbside voting process not producing paper records to count manually. In Dallas Co., a discrepancy of 10 early ballots was attributed to data entry error. A discrepancy of 5 ballots in Harris Co. was attributed to a counting error. Tarrant Co.’s partial manual recount found no discrepancies.

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