Here's a nightmare scenario for election reform
CNN —Ghosts of the 2020 election continue to haunt the US system of government.
The Supreme Court, meanwhile, could be headed in the direction of conjuring anti-democratic nightmares if its conservative majority chooses to bless part of the oddball legal theory behind that very same push to overturn the 2020 election.
The Senate version, which has 10 Republicans on board to defeat a filibuster, will likely see a vote later this year.
Politifact stacks the competing House and Senate bills against each other and finds a lot of similarity.
The big differences lie in the threshold for how many lawmakers on Capitol Hill it takes to object to a state’s electors and what might constitute a “failed election,” calling a state’s election results into question.
The House bill also gives states more time to settle election lawsuits and disputes.
Pressure is building to act before the midtermsThe time is now for supporters to clarify these things, since none of the House Republicans who supported their bill will be in office come January.
Since the Constitution doesn’t specifically say state courts can oversee state legislatures on the matter, supporters of the idea want legislatures to have new power over congressional maps.
She cautioned we should not assume the Supreme Court will endorse it simply because four justices agreed to hear the case and several have expressed an openness to the theory.
Unintended consequencesThe Supreme Court is considering the independent state legislature theory in the context of congressional maps.
That would be the nightmare scenario: The House and Senate limit their own ability to question election results put forward by states, and the Supreme Court gives state legislatures new power to engage in election shenanigans.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story included an incorrect description of the group of Republican senators who support a bipartisan reform bill.