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What this meant for the 2020 presidential election

Electoral count law: what it meant for the 2020 presidential election

The Electoral Count Act was created to clarify the contestation of election results. Lawmakers and experts say it needs a second look.

  • The Electoral Count Act was created in 1887 following the hotly contested election of 1876
  • It came into play on Jan.6, 2021, when Republicans contested electoral votes in two states: Arizona and Pennsylvania.
  • Some in Congress have argued that the law is too ambiguous and needs to be updated.

WASHINGTON – When a mob violated the United States Capitol a year ago, part of his goal was to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence not to confirm the election that made of Joe Biden the winner.

The vice-president has a role of presiding over the Senate, which includes the obligation to declare in a joint session of Congress the next elected president. Despite pressure from former President Donald Trump and the violence that followed on January 6, 2021, Pence followed precedents and confirmed Biden’s victory.

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