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Reforms to Electoral Count Law On Table, Maybe

N.Y. Times

Members of the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol are pressing to address ambiguities in “the complex and little-known law that former President Donald J. Trump and his allies tried to use to overturn the 2020 election.”

Trump and his allies offered a questionable interpretation of the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to encourage Mike Pence to overturn the results from the Electoral College.

“’There are a few of us on the committee who are working to identify proposed reforms that could earn support across the spectrum of liberal to conservative constitutional scholars,’ said Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and a member of the Jan. 6 committee. ‘We could very well have a problem in a future election that comes down to an interpretation of a very poorly written, ambiguous and confusing statute.’”

Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and the vice chairwoman of the committee, said on Thursday that ‘the 1887 Electoral Count Act is directly at issue’ and that the panel would recommend changes to it.”

The hope is that amending the Electoral Count Act will fare better than other election reforms in the Senate. I frankly don’t see why.

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