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December 05, 2022

ABA sends Senate letter urging swift passage of the Electoral Count Reform Act

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2022 — American Bar Association President Deborah Enix-Ross sent a letter to Senate leadership this week urging passage of S. 4573, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, which seeks to update procedures for the counting and certification of electoral votes for the presidency under the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

Enix-Ross writes that the law “would bring order to the electoral process by providing a bright line where ambiguity and uncertainty currently exist.” The ABA believes that this legislation is a good start toward improving elections in our country. “While this legislation alone will not be sufficient to remove all ambiguity from our election laws or remove all avenues for possible subversion of the will of the electorate, reform of the Electoral Count Act is an essential step forward,” Enix-Ross wrote. “The time for action is now, and we strongly urge swift passage of these common-sense clarifications before the end of the 117th Congress.”

A copy of the letter can be read here.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.