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Electoral Count Reform Legislation Introduced

Published on 8/19/2022
America’s ability to elect a president fairly and peacefully every four years is a hallmark of our democracy. For over a century, the ECA has provided the primary framework governing how presidential votes are cast and confirmed, including establishing procedures for how Congress counts each state’s electoral votes.  

But recent events demonstrate the pressing need to update this archaic law to combat the ongoing threat of election sabotage.The ECA has not been updated since it was first enacted more than 130 years ago, and it is rife with imprecise language, gaps and ambiguities that partisan actors attempted to exploit as part of an organized effort to overturn the 2020 election. Although this effort failed, the obscure language of the ECA unfortunately remains ripe for manipulation. 

Read the four key points of the legislation at