On Wednesday, the Democrat-controlled House chamber passed the Presidential Election Reform Act by a 229-203 vote.
Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., both members of the House select committee on the Jan. 6, 2021 unrest at the Capitol, introduced the legislation.
PERA is viewed as reform to the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and would make it more difficult to subvert presidential elections.
According to Axios, the legislation would require one-third of House members to sign onto an objection to certifying a state's presidential electors — a higher threshold than the current requirement of just one House member and one senator.
Also, the bill would narrow the grounds for filing an objection, while clarifying that the role of the vice president — who also serves as Senate president — would be purely ceremonial within this process.
The bill would also require governors to transmit the slate of electors chosen by the state's popular vote and allow campaigns to file lawsuits to ensure that happens, citing the Axios report.
Reportedy, only nine Republican representatives voted in favor of PERA: Cheney, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Peter Meijer and Fred Upton of Michigan, Tom Rice of South Carolina, John Katko and Chris Jacobs of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. They all have either lost in their primaries this summer or chosen not to run again for congressional office.
As such, none of the nine Republicans will possess any voting power in the House chamber after January 2023.
Axios reports the Senate recently crafted its own electoral count reform bill — legislation that apparently has the support of 10 Republican senators, essentially making it filibuster-proof.
One notable difference with the Senate bill, according to Axios: It would require only one-fifth of House members to sign onto an objection, rather than one-third.
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