Electoral Count Act Reform Gains Steam

Happy Friday. Our fearless leader Haley Byrd Wilt left us unsupervised (always a mistake) but due to editorial oversight elsewhere, we were unable to get away with sending readers a 5,000 word treatise on where to find the best coffee on the Hill. (Harvest’s order is flat white, while Ryan is a black coffee guy, so there was plenty to be said.) But don’t worry, Haley will be back at the helm next week. And now for the news.

Democrats Now Willing to Work with Republicans on Overhauling the ECA

With Democrats’ attempts to push through a federal overhaul of election and voting legislation effectively perishing on the Senate floor last month, a group of lawmakers has now turned to the possibility of passing a narrower subset of election reforms by tweaking the Electoral Count Act to prevent another attempt at overturning the results of a presidential election.

ECA reform has one big advantage: a number of Republicans have already signaled willingness to cross the aisle on a compromise.

Reform efforts gained more urgency—but perhaps became more complicated for the GOP—when earlier this week former President Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud about his role in the attempt last year to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

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