House holds first remote voting session - Seven Days

The Vermont House voted remotely Thursday 148-0 to approve remote voting. It then passed Covid-19 emergency legislation - although not without some unmuted fuming and fumbling over remote technology.

"In recent weeks, the House held several practice sessions and one-on-one trainings with members to get them comfortable with the technology, but it was still slow-going on game day. “I can’t make this thing work again!” Rep. Robert Helm (R-Fair Haven) fumed during one of the votes. At times, members had trouble remembering to unmute themselves before speaking, after getting Johnson’s attention with Zoom’s hand-waving function. And clerk William MaGill, appearing from the floor of the House chamber, had to ensure that the votes were properly tallied, which also made the process cumbersome."

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