A bipartisan Senate group is looking to prevent “election subversion” in a number of ways, including clarifying the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to protect election officials.
This comes just days after Democrats’ two major voting rights bills did not pass.
According to NBC News, the group includes Susan Collins (R-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Jeane Shaheen (D-NH). Many more senators have also engaged with the group.
Romney stated that the members of the group are interested in the counting of Electoral votes at the federal level, and also individual votes at state level.
“Some items relate to making sure that election officials are not harassed. Others relate to how elections are certified. Others relate to what the role of the vice president is in the electoral counting process and how you would deal with an objection to a slate of electors. There are long lists from each of us, an dwe are just now beginning to talk about which of these we’ll find sufficient support to include in a bill.”
President Biden told reporters that whether or not the Democrats’ voting rights bill passes, “I predict to you they’ll get something done on the electoral reform side of this.” Many in the group found this encouraging.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) showed his support for their effort. He told reporters, “I wish them well, and I’d be happy to take a look at what they can come up with.”
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