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Bipartisan group of Senators reach agreement on reforming Electoral Count Act

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement on electoral reform that would prevent a future presidential candidate from overturning the the result of an election.

The agreement comes after then-President Donald Trump and his allies unsuccessfully attempted to do just that following his loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump and his attorneys cited ambiguities in the current law, known as the Electoral Count Act of 1887, in an attempt to get Vice President Mike Pence to disrupt the counting of electoral votes that showed Trump had lost.

The new agreement would reform the Electoral Count Act to clarify how electoral votes are to be counted, in order to avoid any confusion or ambiguity in the future.

“This agreement will help protect the integrity of our elections by ensuring that all votes are counted properly and in a timely manner,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a statement.

“It is vital that we make it clear that any attempt to interfere with the counting of votes or the certification of election results will not be tolerated,” he added.

The agreement was reached by a bipartisan group of senators that includes Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY),Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).

“This agreement will help protect the integrity of our elections by ensuring that all votes are counted properly and in a timely manner,” said Schumer. “It is vital that we make it clear that any attempt to interfere with the counting of votes or the certification of election results will not be tolerated.”

The agreement still needs to be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives before it can become law. However, with support from both parties, it is expected to pass easily.

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