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Legislative Voting Records Purged

Though it blatantly violates the key principles of democracy, lawmakers in the nation’s most populous state regularly expunge voting records on controversial legislation so that the public can never access the information that could later hurt them politically.

The secret voting system by elected officials in California was exposed this week when the state’s Assembly purged its roll-call record on a heated issue—off shore oil drilling—to hide members’ actions from the public. The measure would have allowed oil drilling off of southern California’s precious coast for the first time in four decades.

The bill ultimately failed but residents can’t access how their representative voted on the controversial issue because it has been wiped out from the state’s otherwise user-friendly website, which claims to post all of California’s legislative votes (in the Assembly and Senate) on bills.

More at: http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2009/aug/legislative-votin...

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I have two comments on

I have two comments on this.

One is regarding Congress. Don't we have voice only votes in Congress which are used for similar purposes?

About California purging vote records... if they don't have records of who voted, then........ doesn't that sort of mean they have no proof as to whether or not certain legislation was passed?




File a freedom of information act doc

If your notified in writing that they're not available for public consumption file criminal charges for tampering with govt docs with the grand jury seated by the district judge for that district. These voting records are public govt documents. They are committing criminal acts in destroying these documents.

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Its all a big game and we can't play.

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those criminals called public officials should be ashamed to behave that way. Cowards.

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