Man vs. Machine: House Republicans win another round

The vote was open for:

2 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes

Long after last night’s vote on the prevailing wage bill, the legislative vote machine timed out this morning, clearing the whole electronic voting board in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Democratic leadership was forced to re-enter the votes manually, re-opening the machine, which clearly was not constructed with the intention of staying open so long. Typically, the machine is closed immediately following a vote. House Speaker Pat Murphy, however, has kept the machine open, hoping someone will switch from a “no” vote.

“House Republicans continue to remain vigilant in this chamber, even if we outlast the voting machine itself,” said House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen. “Republicans believe this bill was rightly defeated, Iowa taxpayers agree, and now even the machine has said ‘enough.’ We hope the speaker will do the right thing, shut down voting and allow us to focus on other things – like how to revive Iowa’s economy, how to create new jobs and how to fix the state’s budget deficit.”

  • Jim & Barb Budde

    Let’s just keep wasting TAXPAYERS MONEY. A vote is a vote.

  • Heather Perry

    To those of you who “stood firm” and voted against this bill: I can not thank you enough! From all of us small business owners who value our freedom — thank you, thank you, thank you!