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By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 10 May 2021 04:11 PM
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Newsmax TV on Monday that widespread reports from news outlets, including the Associated Press, that have dismissed claims of election fraud in 2020 and questioned the validity of the election audit in Arizona are “fake news.”
"We know that there is a higher degree of fraud from mail-in ballots,” Paxton said during an appearance on "John Bachman Now."
“Pennsylvania for instance, went from 233,000 four years ago, 2.5 million. I know just from dealing with mail-in ballot fraud here that it is a significant part of our fraud. It's just much easier. You don't have to show a photo ID. We don't actually know for sure who is voting. The only verification we have is signature verification… So, we have no idea how much fraud may have been committed, so they can say that, that's largely because we can't prove it. They throw away the evidence, right? They threw away most of the evidence, but we do know that there is a higher incidence just from what I'm doing in Texas, and so this is just more fake news.”
Paxton also noted that Texas has two different bills dealing with election laws currently in discussion, saying, “it's pretty important, given what we've seen in the last election and elections before that, what we've seen in our state that we have some type of protections for mail-in ballots. It's one of the biggest areas of fraud, it's certainly what my office deals with more than half the time is mail-in ballot fraud. It's harder to capture. It's hard to know what it happens, and so limiting its usage and also tightening up how it's used is pretty important if you want elections we know are credible and fair.”
He added, “we passed voter ID laws back in 2011 when I was in the House,” noting that “We fought those for, like, eight years and finally won in the courts. It was the same argument then, that somehow you're suppressing the vote, but reality is these laws apply to everybody. If we were suppressing the vote, voting would have gone down, when we passed the ID law, it went up and it applied to everyone. It's not like we're targeting anyone group. It applies to everyone. So, it works. And it works in a way that we wanted it to work, which it prevents fraud, and we're grateful that we've passed these laws and my office is ready to defend them.”