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US Senators propose changes to electors law after Capitol riot

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People in Story County, Iowa voting at the 2020 Presidential Election.

US: 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 that came under intense scrutiny after the Jan 6 attack on the Capitol and Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Long in the making, the package introduced by the group led by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin of West Virginia is made up of two separate proposals. One would clarify the way states submit electors and the vice president tallies the votes in Congress. The other would bolster security for state and local election officials who have faced violence and harassment.

“From the beginning, our bipartisan group has shared a vision of drafting legislation to fix the flaws of the archaic and ambiguous Electoral Count Act of 1887,” Collins, Manchin and the other 14 Senators said in a joint statement.

Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell have signalled support for the bipartisan group, but the final legislative package will undergo careful scrutiny.

Votes are not likely before fall. But with broad support from the group of 16 Senators, eight Democrats and eight Republicans, who have worked behind closed doors for months with the help of outside experts, serious consideration is assured.

– JAPAN TODAY

 

Friday, July 22, 2022 – 01:00











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