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[WATCH] In Attempt to Stave Off Another Jan 6th, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reach Agreement On Election Security Bill

[WATCH] In Attempt to Stave Off Another Jan 6th, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reach Agreement On Election Security Bill

A bipartisan group of senators agreed on Wednesday to proposed changes to the Electoral Count Act, the post-Civil War-era law for certifying presidential elections which has come under intense scrutiny after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.

The package, introduced by the group led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is made up of two separate proposals. One would clarify the way states submit electors and the vice president tallies the votes in Congress. The other would bolster security for state and local election officials who have faced violence and harassment.

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“From the beginning, our bipartisan group has shared a vision of drafting legislation to fix the flaws of the archaic and ambiguous Electoral Count Act of 1887,” Collins, Manchin, and the other 14 senators said in a joint statement. “We have developed legislation that establishes clear guidelines for our system of certifying and counting electoral votes,” the group wrote. “We urge our colleagues in both parties to support these simple, commonsense reforms.”

The agreement ironically comes as Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have been fighting subpoenas from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for their roles in Donald Trump’s election tampering scandal. A judge has already ordered Graham to appear.

Both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell have signaled support for the bipartisan group, but the final legislative package will undergo careful scrutiny.

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The January 6th House Select Committee has outlined how Trump’s team organized groups of fake electors in multiple states to try to overturn the 2020 election result in his favor. The group labored its hardest to make sure the correct electors for the winning candidate are counted. The legislation would identify the state’s governor unless otherwise specified by the state, as the person responsible for submitting the election result — an attempt to avoid dealing with competing slates of electors.

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