Progressive Dems suddenly shun bipartisan efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act

As Jan. 6, 2021, approached and Congress was scheduled to certify the Electoral College vote for the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump, his allies, and his supporters were set on using a sort of loophole in the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to disrupt the election results.

As the Washington Examiner’seditorial board notes, the pressure to make the move was left to the one person who might have been able to: former Vice President Mike Pence. We all know how that ended up, but since then, even with bipartisan support to reform the bill, top Dems have scoffed at the notion, likely so that they can keep the option for future elections. 

The Examiner‘s editors also noted that the loophole, which allows for some level of interfering with Electoral College vote certifications by the states, was used by Dems in 2000, 2004, and even 2016, which the media seems to conveniently overlook.

Republicans, on Jan. 6, were simply using the same tools available to them that Democrats had used on multiple occasions. But now, with Democrats anxious to pass voting reform bills that would essentially nationalize elections, working to close such loopholes are suddenly out of the question for the left.

Quick history

It was in 1876 that Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, all of which had Republican-controlled electoral boards, were granted the power to intervene in election results if they believed that any type of fraud had taken place.

While Democrat Sam Tilden had won more votes in that election, the Republican-controlled boards certified Rutherford Hayes as the winner.

However, the House of Representatives at the time was controlled by a Democratic majority who, in turn, threatened to reject the disputed results of those states. As a result, Tilden was certified the winner in a 184–165 Electoral College vote total.

While other special circumstances and temporary negotiations were made at the time, ten years later the Electoral Count Act was passed, which made clear that Congress only had an extremely limited shred of power to intervene in election results.

“Congress was absolutely not to become a national elections board, entertaining claims of fraud or irregularities in each state,” the Examiner noted. However, a century or so later, that’s exactly what Democrats did.

Current efforts

While there currently exists bipartisan support to finally fix the bill and make crystal clear Congress’ role in certification, which any reasonable person would agree is necessary after what happened last year, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other top Dem leaders are against such efforts. He even said the efforts are “unacceptably insufficient and even offensive.”

“Some Republicans are starting to float the idea of fixing the Electoral Count Act instead of enacting Freedom to Vote/John Lewis Voting Rights,” said Steele dossier-funder Marc Elias to reporters. “Don’t fall for it.”

It’s not surprising that Schumer and other radical Democrats aren’t interested in making sure states have the majority of power in certifying electors, as they are pushing to give as much federal election power as possible to the government, making for a potentially scary situation if they’re able to pass their election reform bills.

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