A Bipartisan Chance to Uphold Our Elections
Looking at the results of the 2022 midterms, it seems pretty clear that the majority of Americans are tired of the conspiracy theories about rigged elections and the candidates peddling those claims.
Up and down the ballot, voters rejected many of the candidates who backed the January 6 insurrection to “Stop the Steal.”
The good news is that Congress has the chance during the lame duck session to help strengthen our democracy even further.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are returning to Washington aiming to pass their bipartisan Electoral Count Reform Act, which would fix the vague language in the 1887 Electoral Count Act that some used to justify the January 6 riot.
A bipartisan coalition comprising more than a third of the Senate has already signed on to support the legislation.
Supporters of the bill are making it clear the Electoral Count Reform Act is a top priority.
According to Sen. Collins, “It has to pass before the end of the year. We cannot leave these issues that are so important unresolved as we begin a presidential election cycle.”
Sen. Manchin agrees: “The time to reform the Electoral Count Act is long overdue. The time for Congress to act is now.”
Similar legislation has already passed the House of Representatives, meaning that there’s a real opportunity for a bipartisan win for democracy in these next few weeks.