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‘Ghost Voting’ In State Assembly Finds Lawmakers Voting For Others

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SACRAMENTO (CBS) — A voting method in the California State Assembly that some legislators call “common practice” is coming under fire from government watchdogs who say lawmakers are violating a fundamental rule.

Video from a recent vote to regulate outdoor advertising showed some legislators casting votes for other members who were out of their seats.

In the footage, the seat of Northeast L.A. Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez is empty, so Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer of South L.A. presses Gomez’s voting button.

Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lynwood is seen reaching behind his seat to vote for Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Burbank, and Assemblywoman Diane Harkey from San Juan Capistrano is seen voting for her seatmate, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach.

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