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Democrats Are Trying to Raise the Bar for Challenges to Election Results

  • Trump’s false claims, Capitol riot trigger for legislation
  • Senate version won’t get action until after November midterms
Zoe Lofgren
Zoe LofgrenPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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The US House voted Wednesday to dramatically raise the bar for objections to presidential election results, the first step in a drive to overhaul a 135-year-old law and prevent another crisis triggered by false claims of a stolen election.

On a 229-203 vote, House lawmakers passed a bill that grew out of the investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol and attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to exploit the 1887 Electoral Count Act in order to delay or stop congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.