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Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci. (Photo: Bill Palatucci).

Palatucci will propose RNC endorsement of bid to modernize electoral vote count, report says

By David Wildstein, August 03 2022 1:12 pm

The Republican National Committeeman from New Jersey will sponsor a resolution at the party’s summer meeting this week in Chicago urging Congress to “modernize and/or replace the Electoral Count Act” and affirm the vice president’s role is “solely ministerial,” according to a tweet from the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey.

Bill Palatucci, a Westfield resident and close ally of former Gov. Chris Christie, wants the Republican National Committee to support a congressional fix to the law, but stops short of endorsing  legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) to update the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

The proposal replaces confusing sections of the 133-year-old law, including “single, conclusive slates of electors” and modernized rules for the counting of electoral voters.”

Palatucci was one of just a handful of Republican National Committee members who voted against a resolution censuring Rep. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) in February for their involvement in an investigation of the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

New Jersey GOP State Chairman Bob Hugin voted with Palatucci.  The Republican National Committeewoman from New Jersey, Virginia Haines, left the meeting before the vote.

One of Christie’s closest friends – it was Christie who put on the RNC nearly twelve years ago – and he served as general counsel to President Donald Trump’s transition team before being fired, along with Christie, two days after the election.

He  was a Trump cheerleader in New Jersey and elsewhere until Christie broke with the former president after the 2020 election.

Palatucci and Haines are not up for re-election until 2024.

Correction: an earlier version of this story said that Palatucci backed the Collins/Manchin bill.  Palatucci told the New Jersey Globe that “we would simply urge Congress to work together in order to modernize the 1887 law.”

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