On Sunday, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin signified positivity about their work to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887. Likewise, Manchin said that it would definitely approve from the House. However, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union that some lawmakers will say that it is beyond what the U.S. should do and what it doesn’t need.
Rep. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Dem. Senator Joe Manchin signified optimism about their work to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887. Manchin said it would absolutely approve during a rare bipartisan interview. Several lawmakers focused on making changes to the 19th-century law pic.twitter.com/I8mWNlHNkx
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Some lawmakers are part of the bilateral effort focused on changing the law of the 19th century, i.e., the Electoral Count Act of 1887 (ECA) that intended to give Congress a procedure to certify the Electoral College votes from the states. It is a standard but essential part of the presidential election machinery, one that former Republican President Donald Trump and his aides tried to manipulate last year.
Experts of election law and those advocating reform frequently advised that because of the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot of 2021, the law needs to be improved and updated to ensure that a losing political party can never undermine the Electoral College results. On Sunday, while citing the ambiguity of the law, Manchin said that GOP lawmakers saw an opportunity to overturn general elections results and that when a senator and a Congress representative can bring a reliable count of a state to a halt, which is wrong.
The Goldilocks Approach” to Find Common Ground
According to the GOP Senator Murkowski, the bipartisan group discussing reform will take the Goldilocks approach to a standard solution among senators from the Democratic and Republican parties, while acknowledging the agreement may leave some disappointed. She added that the working group is also searching for the Electoral Commissions Act and the Help America Vote Act to boost safety for election workers and protect the chain of custody for votes once they are cast.
Former President Trump continued to spread falsehoods about the 2020 Presidential Election in a preview of the type of a message he could make the showpiece of an upcoming election campaign if he plans to run again. Last month, the former president stated that he wanted Mike Pence, then-Vice President, to upturn the 2020 General Election on January 6 last year.
Additionally, Trump misleadingly claimed that the bipartisan group of representatives working to reform the Electoral Count Act 1887 proves his claim that the former vice president had the authority to overturn the 2020 election results. On Friday, Pence called out Donald Trump to say that he was wrong in claiming he had the right to overturn the 2020 presidential election.