Recognition of the principles of reform of the law on the electoral count

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Recognition of the principles of reform of the law on the electoral count

A Washington Post Richard L. Hasen’s article discusses presidential elections and potential revisions to the Voter Count Act (ECA). In the article, Hasen mentions reform proposals presented in the Principles for ECA Reform, published in April 2022:

Much needs to be done to address these issues, as suggested by a diverse group of leading legal scholars convened by the American Law Institute and including former Obama White House counsel Bob Bauer and the former Trump White House attorney Donald McGahn. For starters, Congress can revise the voter count law to create a more robust role for federal courts in ensuring states follow their own rules for choosing the winner of their electoral college votes. The courts aren’t perfect, but in 2020 they withstood more than 60 attempts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election results, and they’re the best hope of fairly dealing with any future disputes over the legitimate winner of the votes. a state’s electoral college.

At the invitation of ALI, Principles for ECA Reform brought together a group with deep and varied experience in law and government. Despite contrasting political and ideological beliefs, the group has united around the belief that Congress should reform the ECA before the 2024 presidential election. The group’s general principles to guide ECA reform, as well as specific proposals as to what ECA reform should aim to accomplish, are available here.

A bipartisan group of senators working on ECA reform welcomed the contributions of the group convened by ALI. An article published by CBS News indicates that the senators have reached general agreement and are working on a legislative text.

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