In North Carolina politics, there are no do-overs. That’s what one unfortunate state representative discovered Monday, when a voting mistake decided the future of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state.
State Rep. Becky Carney, D-Charlotte, meant to vote against a bill legalizing fracking in North Carolina. Instead, she pressed a button indicating she supported the bill, and was unable to change her vote once she realized her error. Her vote allowed the measure to pass with enough votes to override a veto by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue.
Under North Carolina House rules, a vote cannot be changed if it would alter the overall voting outcome, and the House Speaker, Republican Thom Tillis, refused to waive the rules so that she could change her vote, despite her protests.
Let this be a lesson to all politicians, present and future. Be very, very careful before you press that button to cast your vote. You may not be able to take it back.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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