In a show of bipartisanship, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) this week announced he is cosponsoring the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act of 2022.
This important piece of legislation seeks to correct perceived flaws in the 1887 Electoral Count Act, leading to some doubting about the validity of presidential elections. The bill would make changes to clarify the role of Congress, the Vice President, and the courts in certifying elections, giving Americans greater confidence in our democracy.
“The poor drafting of the 1887 Electoral Count Act endangered the transition of power from one Administration to the next. Unfortunately, in the over 100 intervening years, individual Democratic and Republican Members of Congress have occasionally attempted to exploit the ambiguities in this law to cast doubt on the validity of our elections, culminating in the debacle of January 6, 2021. It is past time Congress act. This legislation would make commonsense changes to clarify the role of Congress, the Vice President, and the courts in the certification of presidential elections to give the American people more confidence it will be their voice that chooses the next executive and those that follow,” said Senator Toomey.
The legislation was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.)
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