The Electoral Count Act of 1887 needs to be updated and modernized, to avoid another January 6 situation.
Fortunately, a bipartisan group of Senators is at work on this project.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, with the backing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is leading a group of Senators, including Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Chris Coons of Delaware to prevent a repeat of the nightmare created in 2021.
It would clarify the Vice President’s role so that there would never be doubt again about the counting of Electoral Votes.
The law of 1887 came ten years after the contested Presidential Election of 1876, where Republican Rutherford B. Hayes became President by a margin of one vote–185-184–over Democrat Samuel Tilden, who had won the popular vote by about 250,000!