Electronic voting by lawmakers being advanced for new building

Lawmakers in the Asamblea Legislative would be on record for their decisions if a bill for electronic voting wins approval. The measure already has been approved by a legislative committee.

The proposal is a change in legislative regulations. Now when there is a vote, those in favor of a measure usually stand.  There is no paperwork, and the voting of individual members is not clear.

The Partido Acción Democratica is promoting the bill as something that will provide more transparency to legislative sessions. The votes eventually will be published.

The system, if approved, will be installed in a new legislative building that is expected to be ready in 2014.

Lawmakers do not have consecutive terms, so it is unclear what citizens actually will do if they do not like the decisions being made by their representatives, The slate for legislative deputies frequently is hand-picked by party leaders.

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