WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Friday announced that bipartisan legislation he led in the House, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, will now been signed into law by President Biden.
This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will reform and modernize the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 and ensure that the electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state’s vote for President.
The bipartisan legislation includes the following provisions:
- The Electoral Count Reform Act: This section will reform and modernize the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 to ensure that electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state’s vote for President. It will replace ambiguous provisions of the 19th-century law with clear procedures that maintain appropriate state and federal roles in selecting the President and Vice President of the United States as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Click here for a one-pager on the Electoral Count Act reform section.
- The Presidential Transition Improvement Act: This section will help to promote the orderly transfer of power by providing clear guidelines for when eligible candidates for President or Vice President may receive federal resources to support their transition into office. Click here for a one-pager on the presidential transition section.
“I’m very proud to have led the bipartisan Electoral Count Reform Act in the House and helped get it signed into law. Thanks to our bipartisan efforts in both chambers, this critical legislation will help protect our great democracy, preserve the integrity of our elections, and prevent any attempts to undermine them. Our nation’s future depends on it,” Gottheimer said.
The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act was cosponsored in the Senate by U.S. Senators Collins, Manchin, Portman, Sinema, Romney, Shaheen, Murkowski, Warner, Tillis, Murphy, Capito, Cardin, Young, Coons, Sasse, Graham, Grassley, and Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Padilla. It was cosponsored in the House by Reps. Gottheimer (NJ-5), Upton (MI-6), Spanberger (VA-7), Katko (NY-24), Phillips (MN-3), Fitzpatrick (PA-1), and Johnson (SD-at-large).