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Jul 22 2022
Electoral Count Act
“A bipartisan group of senators agreed Wednesday on proposed changes to the Electoral Count Act, the post-Civil War-era law for certifying presidential elections… Under the proposed changes, the law would be updated to ensure the governor from each state is initially responsible for submitting electors, as a way to safeguard against states sending alternative or fake elector slates.The Flip Side
Dec 24 2022
Electoral Count Act Reform, at Last
As Congress rushes to vote on a 4,155-page spending bill that Members will never read, one piece of good news is that the omnibus contains a revision of the Electoral Count Act (ECA). But the moment shouldn’t pass without noting that the Senate is acting in a way that lets individual Members dodge accountability for their vote.
The case for reforming the 1887 law has been clear sinceWall Street Journal (Opinion)
Jan 05 2022
Reform the Electoral Count Act
Recent admissions from an insider about former President Donald Trump’s challenge to last year’s election results should impel lawmakers of both parties to revise the convoluted Electoral Count Act that governed the proceedings.
Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade adviser, wrote in a memoir that he and Trump strategist Steve Bannon had a plan to halt Congress’s certification of electionWashington Examiner
Dec 24 2022
What's in the U.S. Congress's Electoral Count Reform Act?
The U.S. Congress is poised to pass legislation that would tighten the way presidential elections are certified, aiming to prevent a repeat of the chaos that followed Donald Trump's 2020 presidential defeat.
Here are details on the Electoral Count Reform Act, which lawmakers included in a year-end government funding bill:
AIMS TO PREVENT ANOTHER JAN. 6
Dec 24 2022
What Trump doesn’t understand about Electoral Count Act reform
Following months of bipartisan negotiations, lawmakers agreed on an important overhaul of the Electoral Count Act that will strengthen the system against future attacks and possible mischief. The challenge was figuring out how to pass it.
This week, Congress is expected to approve a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package, and to the relief of reformers, the Electoral Count Act overhaulMSNBC
Jul 20 2022
Senators unveil bipartisan legislation to reform Electoral Count Act
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation designed to prevent a repeat of efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election.
One of the two bills proposed on Wednesday would update the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to “ensure that electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state’s vote” and to replace unclear languageWashington Examiner
Sep 29 2022
Trump-McConnell feud takes new turn with Electoral Count Act
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky) support for the Electoral Count Act is renewing the schism between him and former President Trump, setting up a vote likely to divide the GOP caucus.
Supporters are hopeful that McConnell’s backing will lead to a majority of the Senate GOP conference backing the legislation, drafted in response to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the CapitolThe Hill
Jan 05 2022
Why progress on the Electoral Count Act might be possible
It's no secret that John Eastman, a Republican lawyer on Donald Trump's team in the aftermath of the former president's defeat, wrote an infamous memo intended to help overturn the results. What's less known is why Eastman thought his scheme would work.
As regular readers know, the GOP attorney was convinced that then-Vice President Mike Pence, rather than honor the results of theSteve Benen
Jan 05 2022
How Congress can fix the Electoral Count Act
We are scholars of election law who span the ideological spectrum but agree on two fundamental principles to help avert potential political upheaval in the aftermath of the 2024 presidential election.
First, to avoid a repeat of Jan. 6, or worse, Congress must rewrite the Electoral Count Act, the outmoded 1887 law that governs the certification of the presidential vote. There is aMultiple Writers - Center
Dec 18 2021
Republicans Should Help Reform the Electoral Count Act
The 2020 presidential election concluded with a political and constitutional crisis unmatched in the United States since the 1876 election. Congress should respond, as it did after 1876, by shoring up and clarifying the process for resolving presidential elections with disputed outcomes. That will require the votes of Senate Republicans, who should support reforming the Electoral Count Act asNational Review