Republicans must reform the voter count law or risk losing it – InsideSources

When it comes to governance politics, there’s an axiom that even the most committed supporters mostly follow: Don’t give yourself power you wouldn’t give to your enemies.

After Jan. 6, Republicans recognize the problem of allowing a vice president to obstruct the counting of electoral votes in Congress. All they have to do is close their eyes for two seconds and imagine Kamala Harris doing in 2025 what former President Donald Trump asked his Vice President, Mike Pence, to do in January 2021.

As Pence, who was called a “freezing coward” by Steve Bannon for refusing to go along with Trump’s election reversal scheme, put it on recently“Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election. And Kamala Harris won’t have the right to void the election when we beat them in 2024.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) echoed the sentiment on Confront the Nation“Well, if President Trump runs for re-election, I believe he would defeat Joe Biden, and I don’t want Kamala Harris to have the power as vice president to overturn this election.”

Resorting to boogeyman tactics to argue for constitutional government is ugly. But if demonizing Vice President Kamala Harris is what it takes to get Republicans allowed to fix the voter count law, well, it’s worth the price. Our democracy will be in a safer place if Republicans and Democrats can work together to protect voters from congressional radicals who think they can nullify millions of votes on a whim.

In recent years, there has been a disturbing trend of using the Voter Count Act to file unsubstantiated complaints from Democrats and Republicans alike. Since George W. Bush was elected in 2000, a handful of fringe Democrats have used him, unsuccessfully, to contest every Republican presidential victory.

Alcee Hastings, former Democratic representative from Florida objected in January 2001 citing “Overwhelming evidence of official misconduct, willful fraud and attempted voter turnout suppression.” California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said Florida’s electoral votes were “fraudulent.” With no senator joining their objections, then-Vice President Al Gore dismissed them. (Whatever you think of Al Gore, please note that the man was so committed to democracy that he graciously presided over certification of his own defeat.)

In January 2005, California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and Ohio Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones opposed Ohio votes. They delayed the vote count with a long list of complaints about voting problems, the war in Iraq and a “broken system”. Thirty-one members of Congress supported their failed effort.

After the 2016 election, Democrats tabled objections about malfunctioning voting machines, Russian interference and other unproven allegations. Then-Vice President Joe Biden rejected them all. What if he hadn’t? It is the legal gray area that has always existed in the voter count law that Congress needs to put in the black and white letters of the law.

Republicans have another reason to be eager to work with Democrats on this issue. If the Democrats had their way, many of them Discard of the electoral college and elects the presidents by universal suffrage. Voting is slightly on their side, too. If Republicans need another partisan argument about the need for Electoral College reform, it’s this: Fix it, or Democrats will scrap it. And, in the absence of the Electoral College, Republicans could say goodbye to their White House aspirations. Republicans have lost popular vote in all but one election since 1992.

So how can we fix the electoral count law?

First, the role of the vice president in counting the votes of the electoral college must be clarified and limited. Second, the threshold for members of Congress to raise objections should be higher. It would take more than one congressman and one senator to raise a challenge, stop the vote count and force the House and Senate to debate. Third, pinch the future diets nip fake voters in Washington. Make it clear that once voters are named, they cannot be replaced later for the purpose of altering state election results. Finally, rewrite the law to provide legal advice to resolve legitimate disputes. And the Senate task force is expected to consider other related issues, such as protecting election workers and officials from harassment and threats.

Congress should have a keen interest in reform. The constitutional role of the branch is not to select and reject votes from the electoral college, but to legislate. If Congress wants to prevent another Jan. 6, it must do its homework and exercise its legislative powers to reform the voter count law so that bad actors no longer find gray areas to exploit.

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