Republican lawmakers worked into the night to get enough votes to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the fracking legislation -- possibly winning approval thanks to a Democrat's mistaken vote.
Rep. Becky Carney, a Charlotte Democrat, hit the wrong button and voted in favor of the override, giving the GOP the one-vote margin it needed to void the veto just before 11:30 a.m.
Carney said she "made a huge mistake" and hit the wrong button in the rush to vote. House rules don't allow lawmakers to change their vote if it affect the outcome of the tally but Carney wanted to ask to waive House rules.
She never got a chance. Carney said House Speaker Thom Tillis ignored her request to speak and instead recognized House GOP leader Paul "Skip" Stam for a procedural move that locked the vote for good.
Carney said she lobbied against the bill the entire time. Her deskmate, Democrat Rep. Rick Glazier, called it "disgusting" how the Republicans voided the veto even though three-fifths of the members did not support it.
Republicans also added special provisions to other legislation to entice Democrats to side with them, including tax credits for the film industry.
The Democrats who sided with Republicans to override Perdue's veto apparently were: Kelly Alexander, Rodney Moore, Dewey Hill, William Brisson and Susi Hamilton. Read more about the legislation here.
Tillis said he was comfortable with how the vote took place.