Contesting a Presidential election.
--The Cincinnati Commercial's Washington
It is said that the Judiciary Committee of the House
will, in a few days, report a bill authorizing the contesting of a presidential election, and prescribe the manner in which it shall be done.
At present, while the election of a constable, mayor
, congressman or governor can be contested there is no way of testing the validity of a presidential election.
cannot do it; neither can the Senate, and there is no authority for a joint session for that purpose.
The Democrats are the leading spirits in the new bill, but the Republicans offer no objection to it Should it pass at this session, it may be put into practical operation by the opposition side next winter, in the event of Mr. Lincoln
's election, being due to the voters of the Southern State
, which is not at all probable in the present writing.
At any rate, such a law ought to be in the statute books, and no political party can oppose it as a party, and stand fair before the country.