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VOTE-COUNTING LEGISLATION

Liz Cheney introduces electoral bill to avoid repeat of January 6 Capitol attack

Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on 12 July 2022. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Republican Representative Liz Cheney introduced a bill on Monday that would change how Congress counts presidential electors to reduce the chances of another effort to overturn election results like that mounted by former president Donald Trump last year.

Co-sponsored with Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren, the legislation would direct challenges to state elections to courts and limit the vice-president’s role in electoral vote-counting as “ministerial”.

That grew out of Trump’s attempt to pressure his vice-president, Mike Pence, to take action as the Senate’s presiding officer during the counting of the Electoral College results to obstruct or delay formal certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.

It also would raise the bar to challenge a state’s electors to one-third of both the House and Senate.

Currently, if one member of Congress from each chamber objects to a presidential election during the arcane certification process, the chambers have to debate and hold a vote on the objection, as was done in 2021.

The bill is broadly similar to legislation being written by a bipartisan group of senators that is expected to be voted on during the lame-duck session between the November midterm election and the end of the year. Both bills would limit the kind of manoeuvres used by Trump and his allies to overturn his loss in 2020 presidential election, which culminated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol as Congress certified the Electoral College vote.

Cheney, of Wyoming, and Lofgren, of California, are members of the House committee that has been investigating the January 6 2020 insurrection at the US Capitol.

Cheney, who lost the Wyoming Republican primary in August to an election denier, has been among the most prominent GOP critics of Trump’s attempts to undermine the election.

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, she and Lofgren wrote that the bill would ensure that “self-interested politicians cannot steal from the people the guarantee that our government derives its power from the consent of the governed”.

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  • fishingboy says:

    I call BS on this commentary about Trump – nothing more than the far left trying to bash moderates with words.

  • Cunningham Ngcukana says:

    What a brave American patriot. She was not prepared to sacrifice her country and its democratic institution to serve a person who is a political vandal. She has defied Trump and his mob to defend the American democracy and values that have stood for more than two centuries. She put her country above her personal interests and party that has lost its way and has been captured by Trump and his
    political malcontents and vandals. I have never been a fan of the politics of her father with his friend Lindsey Graham. But when it was needed, her father stood up for the country he fought for and she has gone further, to hold Donal Trump accountable. She is an exemplary public representative with qualities that are very rare in this country. She has lost the right to represent her party in mid -term elections but has not lost the fight to ensure a thug like Trump would not do what he did on the 6th January 2021. Cyril must take a page out of her book and perhaps he would salvage what is left of his non – legacy.

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