Antiquated Election Legislation: The Electoral Count Act and its Reform in 2022

Coffee and Policy Chats

04-01-2023 • 50分

Did you know that up until December 2022, there had been no significant changes to an 1887 law that governs how votes are certified once in congress for presidential elections? Did you also know the original law was created due to a deadlocked 1876 congress and subsequent close elections in 1880 and 1884? Find out how a vaguely written law still impacted elections until recently and what the reform of that law means for future elections.

In this episode:

Quick Bites:

Interesting 2023 Laws

Sources:

  1. https://www.foxla.com/news/new-california-laws-2023-january-1
  2. https://abc7chicago.com/new-illinois-laws-2023-full-list-in/12544823/

Dept of Transportation Investigation of Southwest Airlines

Sources:

  1. https://www.axios.com/2022/12/27/transportation-department-southwest-airlines-flight-cancellations
  2. https://twitter.com/USDOT/status/1607558478859759616
  3. https://swamedia.com/releases/release-7e05ea1637937dc7354128bee7527c20-winterstormelliott

Main Topic Sources:

  1. 3 U.S. Code subsection 15- Counting electoral votes in congress (text)- https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/3/15
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_Count_Act
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_Count_Reform_and_Presidential_Transition_Improvement_Act_of_2022
  4. https://www.collins.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/one_pager_on_electoral_count_reform_act_of_2022.pdf
  5. https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/4573/text
  6. https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/531/98/
  7. https://www.democracydocket.com/news-alerts/u-s-senate-passes-electoral-count-reform-act/


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