While awareness is high of the vigor needed for a healthy democracy, a bipartisan bill is before the 117th Congress that can strengthen protection of the democratic process. Election Day is an exciting time to exercise our civic duties as Americans, but it is dampened by escalated process reservations, uncertainty and contention. Take time to ask our senators to support the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act of 2022 (S.4573) to provide clarifications to the processes of counting electoral votes, electing a president and facilitating the orderly transition of power. Presently, the 135-year-old statute, Electoral Count Act of 1887, outlines procedures for casting and counting Electoral College votes. It is in need of the updates outlined in this bill.
The ELCA social message “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy," notes that “all residents of the United States have a responsibility to make government function well—not to abandon our democracy but to engage it in a spirit of robust civic duty.” We can help ensure that elections have integrity and accurately represent the will of the people. As a strong first step, ask our senators to support the bipartisan led Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act of 2022.
The social message also names that: “Sometimes, governmental failure involves both evil and fallibility. In either case, public servants have the obligation to seek improvements in the design and function of the roles they take on.” The antiquated Electoral Count Act of 1887 now presents our senators with an opportunity to fulfill this obligation. Please encourage them to do so by sharing your local experiences and convictions when customizing the following message. Act now and urge your senator to pass S.4573!
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