US senators call for immediate electoral law change to prevent future challenges of legitimate presidential elections.
Update to electors law desperately needed, senators declare
US Republican Senators Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin have made the case for overhauling the 1800s-era Electoral Count Act, pushing for quick passage of a bipartisan compromise that would make it harder for a losing candidate to overturn legitimate results of a presidential election.
Proposals from their group of 16 senators — nine Republicans and seven Democrats — are a response to former President Donald Trump and his allies pushing courts, state legislatures and Congress to somehow overturn his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden.
An update to the electoral law is “something our country desperately needs,” Manchin said, testifying at a Senate hearing on the bill. “The time for Congress to act is now.”