ELECTION ‘12//ASSEMBLY/ALCOD2 | Is Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi like one of those sports fans who become supporters of teams once they become winners?
An Associated Press article Thursday showed California legislators altered over 5,000 votes this past session. Hayashi led the way with 291 missed or changed votes, according to AP. Most of the missed votes were later entered as aye votes, they reported.
The report is similar to an investigation by the Sacramento Bee in April 2011 finding Hayashi was the fourth most prolific voter in the Assembly. That report did not take into account, some of the votes may have been entered after the fact. Doing so is within the state’s rules, but a topic of derision to many open government proponents who say it distorts legislator’s true record and allows them to play both sides of controversial bills.
Hayashi is termed out of the Assembly this November and is currently running for Alameda County supervisor. Will her opponent, appointed Supervisor Richard Valle, use Hayashi’s poor attendance record against her during the final 10 days of the election? You would think so, but keep in mind Valle’s inaction when it comes to publicly attacking Hayashi’s shoplifting conviction head on, you never know.