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Opinion: Two cheers for democracy in America

Recent legislative and judicial actions may signal a return to rule of law values, according to CERL Executive Board member Stuart Gerson. Read why congressional passage of the Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022 (ECRA)— bipartisan election reform aimed at preventing another Jan. 6—and the Supreme Court’s likely rejection of a doctrine known as the “independent state legislature theory” could be cause for hope. According to Gerson:

“The events of Jan. 6, 2021, punctuated by Benjamin Franklin’s admonition that the survival of our republic is no sure thing, show that we must be constantly attentive to the rule of law. That is especially true when elected officials arbitrarily act to limit the people’s voting rights and instead seek to impose anti-democratic authoritarian government.”

Stuart Gerson is Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green, former Acting Attorney General of the United States, and Founding Member of Checks & Balances. Read his bio here.

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