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Can teleprompters count votes?

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney

RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday railroaded the party’s grass roots in order to shut down any debate over rule changes or the decision to unseat 10 Ron Paul delegates elected in Maine.

I was on the floor at the time, and I saw these party leaders chairing the convention simply ignore points of order and objections. They also ruled that the Ayes had won a voice vote when the Noes pretty clearly shouted louder. It’s hard to get more undemocratic than simply making up the results of a floor vote.

Well, the video above helps explain what was going on. The teleprompter (see at the 2-minute mark) reads “the Ayes have it.” So, rather than describing what happened, the chairs just read their script.

On the other hand, the teleprompter did allow for the chair to acknowledge objections to proceeding to a vote. Those objections were made, and very loudly. Preibus and Boehner chose to ignore those objections.

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