Too tired to vote? Don't hit that touch pad.

Government employees need to be wary of operating technology when they’re working late and are tired. That goes for tasks as simple as pushing a button or hitting a touch pad.

That’s the warning gleaned from a tired North Carolina state legislator whose vote helped pass legislation she had opposed.

Democratic state representative Becky Carney unwittingly hit "Aye" on her electronic voting console and gave Republicans the decisive vote to overturn a veto from the Governor and allow fracking, the controversial method of mining natural gas, according to The Verge, a technology-focused news site.

Although Carney noticed her error immediately, she was not allowed to change her vote as it would have altered the overall outcome. North Carolina House rules don't allow for a do-over in that situation, the online journal explained.

She blamed the error on the lateness of the hour and on being tired. “I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired,” Carney said. “And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote.”

Carney’s experience is borne out by research from Canada, where some studies have shown that when workers have slept for fewer than five hours before work or when workers have been awake for more than 16 hours, their chances of making mistakes due to fatigue are significantly increased.

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Reader Comments

Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Since she obviously has no valid comprehension of what"fracing" means, how it works, or what the many years of positive experience demonstrates, it is just as well that she was careless about this vote also.

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