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How does a bill become a law? In the case of today’s vote to legalize hydraulic fracking in North Carolina, by means of an accidental button push. State Rep. Becky Carney, a longstanding opponent of fracking, accidentally voted “yes” instead of “no” on an override of Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of a previously passed, pro-fracking bill. And even though she realized her mistake immediately, apparently that’s just bad luck in North Carolina — her unintended vote was locked in. And hers was the deciding vote. Meaning that, since it was a veto overturn, her slip-up was the single, literal difference between fracking and no fracking in her state. “I feel rotten, and I feel tired,” Carney said. “And I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired. And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote.”

How does a bill become a law? In the case of today’s vote to legalize hydraulic fracking in North Carolina, by means of an accidental button push. State Rep. Becky Carney, a longstanding opponent of fracking, accidentally voted “yes” instead of “no” on an override of Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of a previously passed, pro-fracking bill. And even though she realized her mistake immediately, apparently that’s just bad luck in North Carolina — her unintended vote was locked in. And hers was the deciding vote. Meaning that, since it was a veto overturn, her slip-up was the single, literal difference between fracking and no fracking in her state. “I feel rotten, and I feel tired,” Carney said. “And I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired. And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote.”

July 3, 2012 // 19:59 // 2 years ago
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  1. siestasestra reblogged this from saturdayswarrior
  2. saturdayswarrior reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Oof. That sucks.
  3. mattmeetstheinternet reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    How does a bill become a law? In the case of today’s vote to legalize hydraulic fracking in North Carolina, by means of...
  4. nonfinis reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Wow. Is it really a vote if you didn’t actually want that choice and want to change it immediately? Wow.
  5. hartpandrew reblogged this from shortformblog
  6. stefamaybe said: That’s just not fair. I do not like this. I do not like it one bit.
  7. ed-word reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Ouch
  8. telephonecigarettes reblogged this from shortformblog
  9. entangled said: The fuck?
  10. c-c-c-controversial reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    holy crap, this is outrageous.
  11. albusmumblecore reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    oh my god
  12. theworldaccordingtoevie reblogged this from shortformblog
  13. adarraliselle reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    What the hell, NC?
  14. appleaggression reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    I’ve supported, hell I’ve campaigned for Carney. What does it mean to say ‘I take responsibility for my vote’. Is that...
  15. soupisnotameal reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Oh, for crying out loud.
  16. lawyer-in-training reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    reblogging solely because i spent the entire day yesterday waiting for this moment. waiting for the veto to be...
  17. kaliem reblogged this from shortformblog
  18. readinglist32 reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    :’( having made horrible mistakes my whole life this makes me feel so bad for this poor woman. At the same time, wtf,...
  19. jaegaring reblogged this from shortformblog
  20. brightedelweiss reblogged this from shortformblog
  21. swagandpassion reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Another L for the South. I didn’t realize they pressed buttons for votes either.
  22. pleaseshowmehowtolive reblogged this from shortformblog
  23. bobbycaputo said: There should be a law that allows her to change her vote. At least within a certain timeframe of the original vote. Although, She’d probably vote against that by accident. ZING!
  24. lifestylech0ice reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    GODDAMMIT NANCY TAKE A NAP (ps I really do feel bad for her but jeez fuck fracking)
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