Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to amend a 135-year-old law that Donald Trump’s aides tried to use to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Fifty days before the midterm legislative elections in the United States, electoral reform projects reappeared in Congress, amid a wave of Republican candidates who still refuse to recognize Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.
The text removes all ambiguity from the wording of the Electoral Enumeration Act (ECA) on the role of the Vice President in the authentication of the Presidential election, limiting his role to symbolic action only.
The ECA determines how electoral college results are counted on a state-by-state basis, as well as the number of legislators required to challenge state election results.
“This bill would prevent Congress from illegally electing a president,” said Republican Liz Cheney, one of the authors of the reform. President Trump in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The text was approved by all Democrats with 229 votes in support and 203 against.
However, this and another electoral reform project, awaiting debate, are a far cry from Biden’s ambitious plan to protect African-Americans’ access to elections, something that has been strongly criticized by civil rights unions.
The Republican opposition spoke out against Biden’s plans, claiming they empowered Democrats to take control of elections across the country.