The following is a statement from Verified Voting in support of the Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022. For additional media inquiries, please contact email@example.com
PHILADELPHIA (December 22, 2022) — Election security experts praised the Senate for passing the Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022 as part of the omnibus appropriations bill and urge the House to do the same. This piece of legislation, which has bipartisan support, will update the Electoral Count Act of 1887 (ECA).
“Reforming the Electoral Count Act will help reduce the unacceptable risks of preventable presidential election crises,” said Pamela Smith, president of Verified Voting.
The reforms in the Act include clearly setting the timing for states to choose their electors and defining narrow circumstances under which electors may be appointed after Election Day; clarifying the ministerial role of the vice president in the presidential election process; better ensuring that lawful state determinations of election results are binding on Congress; raising the threshold for members of Congress to object to state election results; and improving dispute resolution.
“This reformed ECA will not single-handedly protect our democracy, but it’s an important step towards ensuring smooth transitions of power that are true to election outcomes decided by voters,” said Smith.
Verified Voting looks forward to continuing to work with members of Congress to support safe, secure and fair federal elections.