September 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Reform the Electoral Count Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act (ECRA) of 2022 to ensure that electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state’s public vote for president. The ECRA would reform and modernize the outdated 1887 Electoral Count Act.

“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation was crafted in consultation with legal experts from across the political spectrum to modernize our electoral count system,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m glad to join my colleagues of both parties on this critical legislation to bring clarity, accuracy, and transparency to Congress’s role in certifying the election of president and vice president.”

Key provisions of the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act (ECRA) of 2022 include the following:

  • Ensuring a single, conclusive slate of electors from each state
  • Identifying a single official from each state to submit the slate of electors to Congress.
  • Allowing for faster federal court review of election disputes.
  • Modernizing the rules for counting electoral votes
  • Stating that the vice president does not have any power to determine, accept, reject, or judge disputes over electors.
  • Raising the threshold to lodge an objection to electors to at least one-fifth of the members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Senator Cortez Masto has consistently supported the integrity and accuracy of American elections. She cosponsored the John Lewis Voting Rights Act in the Senate. She also condemned the violence on January 6, 2021, and spoke on the Senate floor that evening to defend the electoral process and the peaceful transition of power.