Republicans for Voting Rights unveil 12 billboards in Texas, criticizing Governor Abbott for ‘bogus’ audit of 2020 election

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First, they came for former President Donald Trump. Now, that same group of pro-suffrage Republicans is attacking another politician via a billboard: Governor Greg Abbott.

Last week, the Republicans for Voting Rights (RVR) initiative launched a poster campaign to remind the governor that there is no need to audit the 2020 election. The former president won the Lone Star State by a comfortable margin, after all.

Yet Trump asked for one last September, and hours later received it.

Dallas-Fort Worth commuters can spot the signs, which feature a beaming Abbott holding a flaming stack of cash. “STOP WASTING TAXAXERS MONEY,” they read. “GOV. ABBOTT, END THE MOCK AUDIT.”

Texas ran a good election that its leaders should be proud of, and they should stand by the results, said RVR Director Amanda Carpenter.

“It is extremely discouraging to see Governor Abbott denigrating his own election in order to appease Donald Trump’s ego,” she said. “There was a time for audits, there was a time for lawsuits to challenge the results. That time is over. It’s 2022 now and Republicans should be looking forward, not backward.

Twelve billboards are popping up across the state and will last until February 14. In addition to Dallas-Fort Worth, they can be seen in Corpus Christi, Amarillo, Laredo, Austin, Lubbock, San Antonio, and Midland-Odessa.

Last fall, the pro-vote initiative was also behind the “TRUMP LOST” billboard that sprung up in Dallas. This sign depicted the former president bent over and also urged his supporters to abandon unnecessary audits.

“We want to be out there standing up for conservatives who actually believe in the right to vote and believe in everyone’s right to vote, and want to support and protect it,” Olivia Troye, Republican suffrage spokesperson, said. declared to Observer at the end of last year.

“We are now in 2022 and Republicans should be looking forward, not backward.” – Amanda Carpenter, RVR Director

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Texas isn’t the only state to have sought to reconsider the 2020 election results. Carpenter notes that similar efforts are “bubbling up” everywhere; one in Arizona actually found that Trump lost by a wider margin than previously thought.

Even if these audits do not reverse any results, experts fear they will work to undermine faith in the democratic process. Some warn that such moves could pave the way for future electoral challenges when one candidate wins again fairly.

In the case of Texas, such a statewide investigation can be costly, with one estimate saying it could represent some $250 million in taxpayer dollars. In November, $4 million was taken from the state prison system to help fund county election audits.

Texas serves as a model for other states, Carpenter said. Soon, Republicans elsewhere might try to replicate the audit, which is bad for the whole system.

Many pro-Trump officials have already failed to change the 2020 election results, she said. If there had been any system-wide issues, they would certainly have been discovered by now.

“It’s nothing more than a messaging tool to try to keep the ‘big lie’ alive,” she said. “It’s effective because when people hear there’s an investigation, they think something’s wrong. But there isn’t.

But during an interview with FOX last fall, Abbott defended the audit as legitimate. “Why do we audit everything in this world, but people raise their hands in concern when we audit elections, which is fundamental to our democracy?” he said.

Local leaders, meanwhile, largely disagree.

Texas focused the audit on four counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Harris and Collin. President Joe Biden won in three, including in historically red Tarrant, but was beaten by Trump in Collin.

Even still, Republican Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley sees no need to dig up the past. “Conspiracy theorists who want to find all these ways or reasons why this election hasn’t been good — they could very well come up with something else,” he said. The Texas Grandstand Last year. “It is time to move on.”

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