WASHINGTON — Today the League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase Solomón issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s bipartisan deal on the Electoral Count Reform Act:
“We are pleased to see our elected leaders in the Senate find common ground to put forward necessary reforms to the Electoral Count Act and Presidential Transition Act. The reforms proposed will help to further clarify the role elected officials play when submitting a slate of electors and the role the Vice President plays in that process.
"On January 6, our democracy faced a historic threat when violent insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. This legislation reforming the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 is a step toward ensuring that these actions will not happen again, but there is so much more that Congress needs to do to protect the rights of voters. We need Congress to ensure that everyone has equal representation and access in our democracy to vote.
"We call on Congress to continue to build on this spirit of bipartisanship that brought them together on this bill to protect voting rights and end voter discrimination because the right to vote is a critical principle of our democracy."
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The Electoral College is often not a well-understood entity. I want to highlight some of the history and shortcomings of this process and offer some possible solutions to replacing this flawed system for the good of the nation and the health of our democracy.
Every four years, the Electoral College, a little-known feature of our Constitution, enjoys a fleeting movement of fame. About six weeks after the long grind of the presidential election is over, the 538 college members meet in their respective states to perform their sole constitutional function: to elect the President and Vice-President of the United States.
But the impact of the college on presidential elections is far greater — and more controversial —than its brief life indicates.
In a statement submitted before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, the League of Women Voters of the United States urged the commission to improve the polling place experience.