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The Conscientious Congressman's Guide to the Electoral Count Act (2004) [pdf] (floridalawreview.com)
24 points by blacksqr 32 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments

> It has been demonstrated time and again that the political conscience is a flexible and elastic rule of action that readily yields to the slightest pressure of party exigencies . . . . When the great office of President is at stake, with the immense patronage at its disposal, it would be expecting too much of human nature, under the tyranny of party, to omit any opportunity to accomplish its ends, more especially under that loose code of morals which teaches that all is fair in politics,as in war or in love.

So true.

Also see https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/what-if...:

"Trump’s state and national legal teams are already laying the groundwork for postelection maneuvers that would circumvent the results of the vote count in battleground states. Ambiguities in the Constitution and logic bombs in the Electoral Count Act make it possible to extend the dispute all the way to Inauguration Day, which would bring the nation to a precipice. The Twentieth Amendment is crystal clear that the president’s term in office “shall end” at noon on January 20, but two men could show up to be sworn in. One of them would arrive with all the tools and power of the presidency already in hand."

The Electoral Count Act is designed in part in anticipation of just such a scenario, and Democrats can prevail if they are smart and tough enough to use its tools.

"The Conscientious Congressman's Guide" was written to inform and educate them about their options and available strategies.

Timely post, since the Trump administration is currently "Actively Discussing Radical Measures To Bypass Election Results"[1], i.e., working specifically to game the counting process.

For anyone even mildly concerned about the state of the democracy, or whether they are runing the Dictator's playbook of undermining independent institutions (separation of powers) to convert a democracy into an autocracy, this should be something of a wake-up call.


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