Congress Considers Election Reform Measures

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., flanked by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks at an event with House Democrats before passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act to eliminate potential state and local voter suppression laws, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican led state legislatures continue to pass restrictive voting laws around the country, causing concern about the integrity of the next election, and Democrats are weighing a variety of reforms.

One potential avenue is making changes to the Electoral Count Act – an 1887 measure that outlines the vice president and Congress’ role in certifying each state’s slate of electors. But, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been pushing the need for a broader voting rights bill – though it remains to be seen whether moderate Democrats, such as Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, will go along with the plan.

“There’s going to be a whole panoply of reforms that we need to investigate, discuss, and then put on the table for Congress and for the American people to look at.” Said Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin, who serves on the special committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

With important midterm elections coming later this year, ABC Washington Correspondent Em Nguyen tells the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro why the Democrats are working to reform election laws. Listen below as callers share how their lives have been affected by changing pandemic support legislation.

ABC News Correspondent, Em Nguyen then joins The Pat Thurston Show to explain why Congress is considering election reform measures.

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