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House to vote on election law overhaul in response to Jan. 6

By MARY CLARE JALONICK
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is pushing ahead on an overhaul of a centuries-old election law in an effort to prevent future presidential candidates from trying to subvert the popular will. The legislation being debated Wednesday is a response to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to find a way around the Electoral Count Act. That arcane 19th century law governs, along with the U.S. Constitution, how states and Congress certify electors and declare presidential election winners. Trump and a group of his aides and lawyers tried to exploit loopholes in the law to overturn his defeat. A vote on the bill is expected later Wednesday.

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