Electoral Count Act

September 22, 2022

US lawmakers voted Wednesday in favor of narrow reforms to a loosely-worded 135-year-old law that former president Donald Trump tried to exploit to overturn his presidential election defeat. The action comes less than 50 days before the US midterm elections that decide which party controls Congress, with a sharp rise in candidates who refuse to accept the 2020 results, sparking fears for the health of US democracy.After losing to Democrat Joe Biden, the Trump campaign attempted to take advantage of ambiguities in the 1887 Electoral Count Act in a failed bid to have then-vice president Mike Pence block certification of the election results. The Presidential Election Reform Act tightens the wording of the ECA -- which lays out how the state-by-state Electoral College results are tallied -- on the vice president's role and on how many lawmakers are required to object to a state's election results.The controversy was at the heart of the 2021 US Capitol insurrection, and there is cross-party enthusiasm in both chambers of Congress to ensure there is no repeat of the violence that left scores of police with injuries and was linked to five deaths."This bill will prevent Congress from illegally choosing the president itself," said Republican Liz Cheney, who co-authored the text and has a leading role in the congressional investigation into Trump's actions before and during last year's violence.The House bill passed by 229-203, with eight other Republicans crossing the aisle.But it looks unlikely to prevail in upcoming negotiations to merge the legislation with a narrower Senate version that appears already to have the Republican support required to get to Biden's desk. Neither effort is as comprehensive as the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which fell to a Republican blockade in the Senate. Progressive Democrats see the latest drive as a poor substitute for those bills, which took aim at restrictive voting laws being introduced in Republican-led states across the country.© Agence France-Presse

September 21, 2022

The House on Wednesday is set to consider legislation introduced by GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California to make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election in the future by proposing changes to the Electoral Count Act.

September 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its historic 2021-2022 term announcing several cases for the next term that are sure to put its Conservative super-majority's influence to the test.

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