North Carolina House ending COVID-19 proxy voting practice

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Published: May. 4, 2021 at 9:22 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina House members no longer have the option to cast floor votes remotely.

It’s the result of improving conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The House returned this week to operating rules in which members must be present in the chamber to cast “ayes” and “noes.”

House leaders offered proxy voting last spring and it continued into the first months of this year’s session. The number of members using proxy voting has dwindled as more legislators receive vaccinations.

The Senate has never offered proxy voting. Both the House and Senate continue to let members participate in committee meetings through online technology.

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