Texas serves as a role model for other states, Carpenter said. Soon, Republicans elsewhere could try to replicate the audit, which is bad for the system overall.
Many pro-Trump officials have already failed to upend the 2020 election results, she said. If there were any systemwide problems, they would have certainly been uncovered by now.
“This is nothing but 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 there’s something wrong. But there’s not.”