Death of Democracy...
Indybay has the scoop from Democracy Now
When official voting had ended in the House at 11:17 pm, as the fifteen minute voting period had expired, legislators had actually voted to defeat CAFTA 180 (one hundred eighty) -175 (one hundred seventy five). But in an unusual move the final House vote was held open for an extra forty seven minutes, giving Republican leaders time to furiously round up holdouts in their own party until they had secured just enough to ensure approval.
* Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader:
"The Republicans turned the floor of the House of the Representatives into a "Let's Make a Deal" set that was reminiscent of what happened at the time of the medicare prescription drug legislation that evening and again this time they kept the vote open a long time. But many of the overtures that were made to members was made before even going to the floor. So this is about again an abuse of power, an unethical way of passing legislation and depending on what members decide to do, may require further attention."
Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Charles Taylor of North Carolina said he voted against the bill, but that a problem with the electronic voting system failed to record the vote.
That last sentence is the really disturbing part. If true, that seems like some damning circumstancial evidence that electronic voting fraud did in fact transpire during at least one recent general election.
At the same time, during the hour representative Taylor had to cast his vote, he couldn't find someone to call about the fact that his vote hadn't been recorded?
How does this voting on Capitol Hill thing work? You can persuade your friends to change their vote while the polls are open?