The Chamber is preparing to vote on the bill that would reform the Electoral Count Law
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It is expected that the House of Representatives consider wednesday a bill to reform and strengthen the Electoral Count Law which is intended to prevent future attempts to subvert the presidential election.
The bill, spearheaded by Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, is intended to prevent a repeat of what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, when assailants stormed the Capitol under Donald Trump’s claim of voter fraud. Trump, causing an hour-long delay in Congress’ affirmation of electoral votes, according to The Washington Post.
The Electoral Count Law is the 1887 law that governs how Congress counts and certifies Electoral College votes after each presidential election.
Advocates of reforming this law say it is outdated and it does not provide clear guidance on the role Congress plays in certifying election results.
That ambiguity, they say, created the circumstances that led to the events of January 6, when thousands of supporters of then-President Trump stormed Capitol Hill to try to prevent Congress from affirming what the states had already determined: that Joe Biden had won the 2020 presidential election.
The purpose of the Amended Presidential Election Reform Act is to ensure that Congress receives an electoral certificate from each state that accurately reflects the people’s vote and that Congress counts electoral votes as required by the Constitution, according to an article published in the Cato Institute, which compares this measure to a similar measure that was introduced in the Senate and has not advanced, although he had the support of 9 senators.
Also reaffirms that the role of the Vice President of the United States is merely ministerialafter then-President Trump pressured Vice President Mike Pence to reject electoral votes and nullify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The measure also it would raise the threshold for any objections made by the Senate and the House to a state’s electoral votes. Instead of a single member from each house, it would take at least one-third of each house to object, and the law would also list constitutional grounds that members wishing to object could cite.
The bill, which would also have to be approved by the Senate, also clarifies that the Constitution prohibits election officials from refusing to count ballots or certify elections in accordance with state election laws. Republican election officials in several states have refused to certify the results of this year’s primary election.
In a Sunday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Zoe Lofgren and Liz Cheney said the proposal “seeks to preserve the rule of law for all future presidential elections by ensuring that interested politicians cannot rob the people of the guarantee that our Government derives its power from the consent of the governed.