Senate’s Electoral Count Act reform heads for broad bipartisan vote

The US Senate appears likely to pass within the coming months a bill to reform how electoral votes for the President of the United of the States are certified in Congress. The bill, a version of which has already passed the House of Representatives, would raise the threshold of votes needed for congressional objections to be brought against a state’s electoral counts, making it more difficult for congress members to question the results of an election. The legislation would also clarify that the role of the Vice President in electoral certification is merely ceremonial. Eleven Senate Republicans are already co-sponsors of the bill, giving it enough supporters to break a filibuster, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) supports it. If the bill is put to a final vote, it is likely that will occur after the November midterms. 

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