Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) his office is investigating nearly 400 more cases of voter fraud and called on audience members that concern about election fraud is not overblown.
The 386 cases that are being investigated come in addition to more than 500 cases that his office has prosecuted, Paxton said, without elaborating on the details of some of the cases.
“Do not believe the narrative because in Texas we are going to fight election fraud,” Paxton said, adding that Republicans would have struggled during election day last year if his office didn’t stop local election officials from breaking rules around balloting.
Referring to claims that voter fraud doesn’t exist—made typically by Democrats—the Republican attorney general described it as a false narrative.
“People tell you there is no election fraud. Let me just tell you right now, my office has 511 counts in court because of COVID waiting to be heard. We have another 386 that we’re investigating,” he told the CPAC audience in Texas. “If you add those together, that’s more election fraud than my office has prosecuted since it started investigating election fraud years and years ago. So do not believe the narrative, because in Texas we are going to fight election fraud.”
In June, Paxton announced that his office is investigating 500 cases that, according to him, are “waiting to be heard in court.”
Texas’s state Senate a month before that approved a sweeping bill that would grant more power to poll watchers by giving them increased access inside polling areas. It would also create new penalties against election officials who restrict poll watchers’ movements and would allow a judge to void the outcome of an election if the number of fraudulent votes could change the result, among other provisions.
Democrats walked out during the very end of the previous legislative session in late May, ending the chances of passing any new voter integrity laws in the near future. That prompted Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, to call a new session focused on passing the election reform bills.
While Republicans have said the bills are needed to shore up any election irregularities or potential fraud, Democrats say they’re designed to suppress voter turnout rates and namely among minority groups.
During an interview on Sunday, Abbott again pushed for the bill’s passage and said that “even Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives, they agree that as [it] concerns mail-in ballots, that is an area where improving the mail-in ballot system is a way to achieve greater election integrity.”
Paxton is running for reelection as attorney general in 2022 and faces GOP primary opposition from Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, a member of the Bush dynasty, and former Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman. Guzman spoke at CPAC last week.
The Epoch Times has contacted Paxton’s office for comment on the cases.