Busy Lame-duck Session Ahead for Congress
If the Election Reform Act were to become law, it would make four notable changes to the electoral process, according to John P. Pelissero, Ph.D., senior scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
The notable changes are:
- It would require that each state’s governor be the only official who can submit the certified slate of that state’s electors and votes.
- It would affirm that the vice president’s only role in the electoral count is to preside over the joint meeting of Congress in which the votes are announced.
- It would raise the requirement to object to state electors’ votes being counted from the current rule of one member of Congress to at least one-fifth (or even one-third) of the combined House of Representatives and Senate (535 members).
- It would remove the possibility that a state legislature could attempt to install an alternative slate of electors by declaring a “failed election” in that state.
John Pelissero, senior scholar in government ethics, quoted by The New American.