Texas Lt. Gov. offers $1 million for reports about voter fraud in 2020 election

Voter fraud allegations don’t come cheap.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that he will pay up to $1 million “to incentivize, encourage and reward people to come for and report voter fraud” in the 2020 presidential election.

People who have evidence that leads to an arrest and conviction will get a guaranteed payout of $25,000.

Patrick, a Republican, is putting money where his mouth is as he echoes President Trump’s claims that the election, in which he trails President-elect Joe Biden, has been rife with fraud because of the widespread use this year of mail-in ballots.

The money would come out of his campaign funds.

“I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is disqualified,” Patrick said. “President Trump’s pursuit of voter fraud is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy and restore faith in future elections.”

The Trump re-election campaign has filed lawsuits in several states alleging fraud, although without offering any concrete proof of it, as he contends he won the election.

Chris Hollins – the clerk of Harris County, which includes Houston – slammed Patrick’s financial offer by tweeting a New York Times report that said election officials across the country have not found evidence of widespread voter fraud.

“But @DanPatrick is looking to bribe folks to make up allegations, so there’s that,” Hollins said in the post.

With Post wires

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