Finally something coming out of the Republican leadership that I can get behind. The leadership in the house and senate has been surprisingly quiet the past few weeks during the budget process and the mini scandals that have erupted. But this time Brad Jones gets it right. The Boston Herald is reporting that Jones has asked for fingerprint ID systems be installed as a check against phantom voting.
A top Republican lawmaker, outraged by voting abuses by colleagues, is urging House leaders to buy fingerprint verification technology to prevent reps from phantom voting violations that are undermining basic democratic rules.
"It's not right and it's bringing down the entire institution," Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading) said of phantom voting scandals that have periodically rocked the House. "Voting is a big part of the job, and if you don't want to take the time to do it, you probably shouldn't be here."
Jones filed a budget request seeking the verification technology after state Rep. Charles Murphy (D-Burlington) was found to be in the Virgin Islands last week when he was recorded as taking seven roll call votes in the House chamber. Murphy has said he did not authorize anyone to vote for him.
Democratic and Republican lawmakers said phantom voting has re-emerged as a widespread practice in the House chamber, where members cover for their colleagues by voting for them when they're absent.
Nice work by Casey Ross on continuing to press this issue. The new 303 Cafe down the street from my house has a fingerprint control on its cash register. I think the house can afford a system for voting. It doesn't need to cost a million dollars as Sal says it would further on in the article. Maybe that's why government is so bloated, because Sal and company always look to the most expensive option...