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Texas conducts scrutiny of the US presidential election 10 months after it was held

The office of the Texas Secretary of State announced that an audit of the results of the US presidential elections will be conducted in the state's four largest counties, after former US President Donald Trump called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to do so.

 The office issued a statement Thursday evening confirming that the Secretary of State has the authority under Texas law to conduct a comprehensive criminal vetting of any election, and that he has already begun the process in Texas' two largest Democratic counties, and the two largest Republican counties, for the 2020 elections.

The statement continued, saying that they expect the Legislative Council to provide funding for this purpose.

On Thursday, Trump released a letter he sent to Abbott, claiming that despite his victory in the state, Texans want the election to be scrutinized. Trump pressed Abbott to add a criminal scrutiny bill for the 2020 election to the agenda of the third special session of the legislature.

"Texas wants you to act now," Trump wrote, noting that the state's ballot papers are held only 22 months after the election. He added that Texans do not trust the election system, and they want your leadership on this issue, which is the first thing they care about. "Time is running out fast, and it should be done this week," Trump said.

Biden won Dallas, Harris, and Tarnett counties in 2020, while Trump won Collin County. Texas Republican lawmakers have been pressing legislation that would require a review of the 2020 results. Not the largest of Texas's counties, most of which went to Biden.