State Capitol
7:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Ghost Vote? House Democrats Raise Questions Over Absent GOP Member

Oklahoma House Democrats say an improper vote was cast for a $7.1 billion budget bill on behalf of a Republican legislator who had left the building.

Rep. Terry O'Donnell
Credit Oklahoma House

House Democratic Leader Rep. Scott Inman said Thursday that Tulsa Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell had left the Capitol when two votes were cast on the general appropriations bill. O'Donnell was shown voting yes on both votes.

It is a violation of House rules for a vote to be cast for any member who is not present in the chamber.

O'Donnell didn't immediately respond to phone messages left Thursday at his home and office.

The budget bill was adopted and then passed on a 59-40 vote.

A spokesman for House Speaker T.W. Shannon says they are "looking into the situation."