Calif. lawmakers altered 5,000 votes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Voters who are considering candidates in the November election may have a hard time determining the actual voting records of lawmakers who have served in the state Assembly.

An Associated Press analysis of every vote cast during the 2012 session found that in more than 5,000 instances, Assembly members changed and added their votes to legislation after its fate was already determined. It’s part of a longstanding practice that is allowed if the changes don’t affect a bill’s outcome.

The AP review showed that all 80 Assembly members altered votes after the fact.

Lawmakers regularly changed their votes on bills dealing with powerful lobbies or hot-button social issues. Those seeking new seats did it most often.

Critics say the practice allows lawmakers to mislead constituents by changing their official record.

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