Technology is screwing up our voting system. It is, time and time again. It’s possible that technology just doesn’t belong in that process, isn’t it? At least, not until the technology is foolproof and failsafe.
North Carolina lawmakers had already passed a bill that would establish rules for fracking (hydraulic fractured natural-gas drilling) in the state—but that bill was vetoed by Governor Bev Perdue, and to override the veto, the house needed exactly 72 votes.
The vote took place late Monday. Democrat Becky Carney, who had lobbied her fellow democrats to vote against the bill, was tired. It was the end of the day, the night really, and she was feeling fatigued. So fatigued, in fact, she pressed Yea instead of Nay, casting the deciding 72nd vote in favor of the veto!