GOP Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Representative Zoe Lofgren of California previewed their proposed legislation to make it harder to overturn a future certified presidential election by proposing changes to Voter Count Act.
Both Cheney and Lofgren were members of the House selection committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill uprising, in part tasked with proposing legislative recommendations that could help prevent an attack. attack on the US Capitol again.
Lawmakers also say the law is important, pointing out which candidates are currently running for state and federal office, who can influence future elections, and who Believe that former President Donald Trump was elected to lie. Cheney and Lofgren said this raised concerns about “another attempt to steal a presidential election, perhaps with another attempt to derail the congressional electoral vote counting procedure.”
“This week, we will propose reforms to the Voter Count Act to protect the rule of law and ensure that future efforts to attack the integrity of presidential elections will not can succeed,” wrote Cheney and Lofgren in an article published in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
Supporters of the bill say a floor vote will take place on Wednesday and be announced text of the invoice on Monday afternoon. The House Rules Committee has scheduled a key meeting on the legislation for Tuesday.
In their research paper, Cheney and Lofgren outline four areas they hope their legislation can address.
The first is to reaffirm the Constitution and clarify that the vice president “has no authority or discretion to deny official state constituencies, delay the counting of votes in any way, or introduce procedural awards have the same effect”.
After the 2020 election, Trump tried to get former Vice President Mike Pence reject electors from the statessomething Pence never did.
The proposed legislation would also make it harder for lawmakers to raise objections to formal electors submitted from the states, arguing that Congress should not be the “court of last resort.” They argued that the objection should require that one-third of each room be entertained and a majority vote maintained. Currently, objections only need one member of the House of Representatives and one senator to be brought up.
Third, Cheney and Lofgren say that governors must legally transmit election results to Congress. They say that if a governor or other official prevents that from happening, “presidential candidates will be able to sue in federal court to ensure that Congress receives a legal certificate of the state.” They say these lawsuits must happen before Congress counts the electoral votes.
And fourth, the law would address efforts from state legislatures to change the outcome of an election after it is certified and before it is sent to Congress, as was the case with a number of battleground states in 2020.
“The Constitution assigns an important task to the legislatures of the states, which is to determine how the states appoint their electors. But this should not be misinterpreted as allowing state legislators to change election rules retroactively to change the outcome,” Lofgren and Cheney wrote.
The measure would have to be reconciled with legislation proposed by a group of Senators, proposed by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, that released in July.
This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.