Members of the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to modernize a 135-year-old US law that allies of Donald Trump have tried to exploit to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
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Fifty days before the US midterm elections, electoral reform projects are back in the US Congress. And for good reason, a large number of Republican candidates still refuse to recognize Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Clearly, the text removes any ambiguity over the vice president’s status in presidential ratification by limiting it to a purely symbolic role.
One way for elected officials is to avoid the chaos of January 6, 2021, when thousands of Donald Trump supporters flock to the Capitol to force Vice President Mike Pence and elected officials to change the outcome of the election.
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“This bill would prevent Congress from illegally electing a president,” argued one of its authors, Republican Liz Cheney.
She was one of the few members of Donald Trump’s party to agree to sit on a US congressional commission that has been investigating the former president’s role in the capital attack for more than a year.
All Democrats voted in favor of his text. A majority of Republicans opposed it.
A competing bill is also being debated in the Senate, with a slightly better chance of success.
However, these two election reform projects are nowhere near as comprehensive as Joe Biden’s grand plan, in which the president promises to protect African Americans’ access to the ballot box, which has been heavily criticized by civil rights groups.
Republican opposition is against Joe Biden’s plan, which he claims would give Democrats the right to control elections across the country.