Despite the fact that she was defeated in the primary election in Wyoming, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney continues to have influence on legislation that is favorable to the left. The bill that she authored to amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887 was finally approved by the House of Representatives.
The legislation proposed by Cheney is referred to as the “Presidential Election Reform Act,” and it modifies the regulations governing the certification of presidential elections by Congress.
A number of people have the opinion that the Democratic Party will benefit from this.
Alongside the Democratic representative Zoe Lofgren, Cheney served as the bill’s sponsor before announcing her impending departure from office in January. Both of them participated in the activities of the January 6 Committee.
According to Cheney, the following will occur as a result of the bill:
- enacts new counting rules;
- requires that Congress receive a single certificate from each state;
- requires states to select electors under state laws prior to Election Day;
- permits elections to be extended in the event of so-called “catastrophic events”; and
- prevents election officials from refusing to certify presidential elections.
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) stated that this bill is a “partisan messaging bill intended to score cheap political points” and that it will not address election integrity but rather help House Democrats “stack the democratic process in their favor.”
In addition to this, Tenney asserted that the bill “creates broad private rights of action in a backdoor effort to empower Democrat election lawyers and partisan operatives.”
Tenney’s viewpoint was shared by Republican Jim Banks of Indiana, who represents the state. According to him, the measure will be used for political purposes and has little to do with the protection of voting rights. This past week, he made the following statement: “It’s clear that anything Liz Cheney touches is all about whacking Donald Trump and not about making meaningful changes.”
In the event that this piece of legislation is signed into law, the time allotted for voting in elections may be extended, but “not later than 5 days after” Election Day.