One of the biggest achievements of the current Congress came after the House of Representatives passed an omnibus bill that included reforms to electoral counting laws to thwart Trump’s 2024 coup.
Once the revised electoral counting law passed the House of Representatives, Trump’s hopes of another coup in 2024 were dashed.
According to a statement provided to PoliticusUSA’s Campaign Law Center, the updated election reform bill would do the following:
- It prohibits state legislatures from amending laws after Election Day to veto their constituents and the results of the popular vote.
- It provides procedures for resolving disputes concerning voter and election certification before those disputes reach Congress.
- It severely limits opportunities for members of Congress to second-guess certified election results from states.
- It also clarifies the vice president’s ministerial role in counting electoral votes, emphasizing that the vice president does not determine the outcome of the election.
The passage of the updated electoral counting law is an important moment in the fight for democracy. Candidates can now go to court if a state refuses to certify its election results. State legislatures will no longer be under pressure to change laws to overturn election results. There would be no more debate about the vice president’s role in counting the electoral votes, and no member of Congress could challenge the election results.
congress cannot adjourn without pProtect democracy. The next step for Democrats will be to regain full control of Congress and pass voting rights legislation.
Days later, President Biden will sign the bill into law to stop Trump’s planned 2024 coup.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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