Harris County is located in the city of Houston and leans towards the Democratic Party. The Texas Secretary of State’s Office said was sending inspectors in to observe “the handling and counting of ballots and electronic media”.
In a letter on Tuesday the director of the secretary of state’s forensic audit division, Chad Ennis, told the elections administrator in Harris County, Clifford Tatum, that an audit had found “serious breaches of proper elections records management” in the handling of mobile ballot boxes during the 2020 general election.
Due to these findings Mr Ennis added that the secretary of state’s office will deploy “a contingent of inspectors” to the county.
Mr Ennis explained that the inspectors would “perform randomized checks on election records” and “observe the handling and counting of ballots and electronic media.”
The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has also agreed to dispatch a task force to Harris County, according to Mr Ennis .
He added that the task force “will be available at all times during the election period in order to immediately respond to any legal issues identified by secretary of state, inspectors, poll watchers, or voters”.
Speaking to NBC News the Secretary of State’s office said it usually sends inspectors to a number of counties during elections.
Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, said they were committed to ensuring that next moth’s election ran smoothly.
He said: “Our inspectors and trainers will be present to help Harris County officials and ensure the election process is run smoothly and securely in the upcoming November general election, and that the mistakes observed in the past are not repeated, and that no eligible voters have their votes discounted because of administrative errors.”
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However Barack Obama won the county in 2008, a feat repeated by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.
It is seen as a bellwether in US Presidential elections voting for the winning candidate from 2000 to 2012.
This included voting for former Texas Governor George W Bush in 2000 and 2004.