Bipartisan group of Senators introduce Electoral Count Reform Act
A bipartisan group of Senators introduced two new election bills, designed to ensure the peaceful transition of power between presidents and avoid another January 6th 2021 riot. The Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022 makes key changes to election law that investigators from the January 6th committee revealed Donald Trump tried to take advantage of to keep himself in office.
Sen. Joe Manchin says: “The confusing and antiquated language we have on the books today from the 1887 electoral count act is a real and present danger to our democracy.”
There are multiple provisions to ensure states can have only a single slate of electors, It raises the number of lawmakers needed to make an objection to electors from one member of each chamber to one fifth, And It states the Vice President plays a ministerial role in the electoral certification and cannot unilaterally decide to accept or reject ballots.
A clarification needed after Donald Trump tried both privately and publicly to have then Vice President Mike Pence reject electors from certain states.
Donald Trump says: “Mike Pence I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our constitution and the good of our country. And if you’re not. I’m going to be very disappointed in you.”
Nine republicans are co-sponsoring the bill, so they’ll only need one more vote to have enough support for approval.