Cheney Wants to Reform Electoral Count Act
(ReliableNews.org) – Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WI) lost the 2022 GOP primary election for her seat in August. The lawmaker went from one of the most important members of Republican House leadership to a pariah in just over a year. Now, the conservative is calling for reforms.
On September 18, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece written by Cheney and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). The two lawmakers said they are introducing a bill to reform the Electoral Count Act. They explained their proposal will stand on four principles:
- The vice president has no authority to reject electoral counts from states, issue rulings that would do so, or delay the vote in any way.
- Congress should only be able to object to electoral slates on very narrow grounds.
- Governors must transmit the election results to Congress, and if they fail to do so, candidates should be allowed to sue them.
- States shouldn’t be allowed to retroactively change the law to alter the outcome of elections.
CHENEY & LOFGREN write an op-ed on their Electoral Count Act reform bill
• Clarify/limit VP’s role
• Require 1/3rd to object to electors
• Governors must send “lawful” election results to Congress
• Bar states from changing rules after an electionhttps://t.co/lDfe0CEKFH
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 19, 2022
Cheney and Lofgren said their proposal is an attempt to prevent another January 6 incident from ever happening again. The lawmakers described the actions by former President Donald Trump after Joe Biden was declared a winner as an “effort to steal a presidential election.” The ex-POTUS has always rejected those allegations, saying he just wanted to make sure all legal votes were counted.
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