House and Senate Consider Electoral Count Act Changes

Committees in both chambers are working on legislation.

Negotiations on measures to change how U.S. presidential election votes are counted and certified, including possibly amending the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act and clarifying the vice president’s role, will begin in both the House and Senate this month.

The House Rules Committee is taking up a still unseen bipartisan bill Tuesday, titled the Presidential Election Reform Act, with a floor vote as early as Thursday. In the Senate, the Rules and Administration Committee said it will work on a bipartisan bill later this month to revamp the 1867 law and clarify what happens during presidential transitions.

The Senate legislation would raise the threshold needed for Congress to consider an objection to a state’s Electoral College votes—from one in each chamber to one-fifth of the House and Senate. It would also clarify the vice president’s role as “administerial” when votes are counted.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House and Senate committees as they consider the provisions of election reform.
  • For discernment for the leadership of both chambers as they propose to amend the Electoral Count Act.
  • For senators and representatives as they deliberate the updates to election law.

Sources: Roll Call, Just the News


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