From Axios Sneak Peek:
A top Republican is signaling his party isn’t necessarily opposed to joining with Democrats to clarify an existing federal law to reduce the potential for election subversion.
Driving the news: While broader federal voting rights legislation remains mired in the Senate as long as the 60-vote filibuster rule applies, Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) told Axios’ Sophia Cai today there’s “some interest” among Senate Republicans in reforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
- The goal would be to clarify the role the vice president and Congress play in certifying presidential elections.
- Both were flashpoints a year ago as Trump challenged the finalization of the 2020 election results.
- “With the Electoral Count Act, as we saw last time around, there are some things there that, I think, could be corrected,” Thune told Axios as he rode in a Senate elevator.