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A couple of months ago, I mentioned Texas' ghost voting problem. Well, it turns out that the same thing goes on in the California Assembly.
From the San Francisco Chronicle :
(06-09) 23:20 PDT Sacramento -- California lawmakers routinely violate their own law and cast votes for colleagues who aren't there.
Although the practice of "ghost voting" in the state Assembly is usually harmless, experts say it is fraught with the potential for mischief, and at times ghost votes have decided the outcome of potentially far-reaching legislation.
In the most recent case to surface, eyewitnesses said that in May, Assemblyman Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, cast a ghost vote for Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley - opposite the way she would have voted. "I don't recall it, but I don't deny it, either," de Leon said.
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