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NC vote switching

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers get a second
chance at recording their votes on bills that cross their desks.

The operating rules of the House and Senate give legislators the
ability to change floor votes after the yeas and nays are counted.

North Carolina is one of 10 states where lawmakers are allowed to
change their votes after a bill has passed or failed. The Senate
allows such changes on the same day. The House policy gives
lawmakers 24 hours.

The House clerk’s office says its members asked for their votes
to be adjusted on 426 occasions during 2011. The Senate doesn’t
keep count of vote changes.

Most requested vote changes are the product of human error or
long legislative sessions where lawmakers press the wrong button or
didn’t understand legislation fully.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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