Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022

The Electoral Count Act of 1887 established the Congressional procedures for how state electoral votes for president and vice president were cast and counted. Unfortunately, 135 years later we saw that the rules of the Act were vague and outdated and led to false claims that the Vice President or Congress could reject the will of the voters – or that state bad actors could override the popular vote by appointing their own electors after Election Day.

The Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in December of 2022, addresses electoral subversion at both the state and federal levels by helping ensure that partisan politicians cannot substitute their own preferences for the judgment of the American people in presidential elections.

The Senate office of Susan Collins prepared a one page description of the Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022.  It can be found here.

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