Editorial: Congress must update Electoral Count Act to prevent another coup attempt
With the outcome of the presidential election, and after a thorough review of all the actions taken by the president, the Congress should look to amend the Electoral Count Act to ensure that presidents are not elected by a small number of electoral vote losers.
The Electoral Count Act of 1965 states that, after the presidential election, the electoral college vote is to be determined following the formula of vote total/vote differential. Under this Act, when the number of electoral vote losers exceeds a certain percentage, it will cause the electoral college vote would be given to the presidential candidate who has the smallest number of electoral vote losers.
Under the Constitution, the Electoral College is not supposed to elect the president. It gives the power to be decided by the people of the states, but under the Constitution, the Electoral College has not and cannot elect the president. It is not a body that has ever been endowed with the power to elect a president. Instead, electors vote for the president of the United States. That is the role that is reserved for the electors.
The Constitution also says that a candidate must receive at least 50% of the electoral vote to receive the presidential nomination. However, under this Act, if one candidate received less than 50% of the electoral vote, the candidate with the least electoral vote deficit will win the presidency.
The Electoral College was established as a mechanism by which the states and the people of the states can elect an president. Because it is not bound by the Constitution, it takes power away from the people and gives it to a few who may not even represent them. The Electoral College is not a body the is empowered to, the people of the United States, and it is a decision that the Constitution does not give it.
The Electoral Count Act of 1965 was developed to prevent the presidential election from being influenced by electoral vote loser’s votes. In 1965, the U.S. Senate election was contested. The Electoral Count Act of 1965 was devised specifically to prevent the election of a candidate who